Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Donald Trump said on “Meet the Press” yesterday that he’d “like to” release his tax returns as presidential candidates traditionally do, but he’ll only do so if “the auditors finish” before Election Day.
* Guam hosted its Democratic caucuses over the weekend, and Hillary Clinton easily defeated Bernie Sanders, earning roughly 60% of the vote. In terms of delegates, Clinton walks away from the contest with a net gain of one delegate. The next contest is the West Virginia primary tomorrow, where Sanders is considered a heavy favorite.
* On a related note, Democratic officials from the state of Washington finished allocating their national delegates, which gave Sanders another expected boost. The overall picture, however, already factored in these results.
* Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) acknowledged over the weekend that she’d like to be considered for Trump’s 2016 ticket. “I would be willing to serve in any capacity that I could be of help with Donald on,” Brewer said yesterday.
* Nevada is one of only four states that’s permitted under the major parties’ rules to hold a nominating contest before Super Tuesday, but that may soon change. Politico reports that Nevada’s caucuses “have been wracked by embarrassing procedural errors, low turnout, confusion among attendees and questions about the integrity of the process.” As a result, Republican officials are prepared to shift the opportunity to Arizona or Colorado.
* Now that he’s the presumptive nominee, Trump will need a transition team to prepare for his possible victory. Late last week, the candidate tapped his son in law, Jared Kushner, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to oversee this effort.
* Late last week, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson vowed to back Trump. “Yes, I’m a Republican, he’s a Republican,” Adelson said. “He’s our nominee. Whoever the nominee would turn out to be, any one of the 17 – he was one of the 17. He won fair and square.”
* And in California’s competitive 25th congressional district, Democrats hope to defeat freshman Rep. Steve Knight (R), a task that may be easier after the Republican said at a debate last week, “I think that Social Security was a bad idea. I do. I absolutely think it was a bad idea.”