Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Hillary Clinton will unveil an ambitious new climate plan today, including a provision to increase solar installations by 700% by 2020. “Those people on the other side, they will answer any question about climate change by saying, ‘I’m not a scientist,’” she said yesterday. “I’m not a scientist either – I’m just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain.”
* in the new NBC/Marist polling, Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by 29 points in Iowa, 55% to 26%, but her advantage is much smaller in New Hampshire, where she leads 47% to 34%. The gender gap is enormous: Clinton leads Sanders among Iowa men by 8 points, and among Iowa women by 47 points.
* We talked this morning about Donald Trump’s lead in New Hampshire’s Republican presidential primary in the new NBC poll. Note, however, that Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) has leap-frogged to fourth place in that poll. It’s a shift worth keeping an eye on.
* Trump campaigned in Iowa over the weekend, and for the first time, took aim at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). “Wisconsin’s doing terribly,” Trump said. “It’s in turmoil. The roads are a disaster because they don’t have any money to rebuild them. They’re borrowing money like crazy. They projected a $1 billion surplus, and it turns out to be a deficit of $2.2 billion. The schools are a disaster. The hospitals and education was a disaster. And he was totally in favor of Common Core!”
* As Rachel noted on the show, Rand Paul’s super PAC waited until late Friday afternoon to announce it has raised just $3.1 million so far this year, with two-thirds of that total coming from just two individual donors. It’s another sign of trouble for the Kentucky Republican.
* The news from Martin O’Malley’s super PAC, released around the same time, was even worse: it’s raised $289,000.
* On the other hand, O’Malley has picked up his first congressional endorsement: Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) has thrown his support to the former Maryland governor.
* Two Texas billionaire brothers from Texas – Farris and Dan Wilks – ponied up $15 million for Ted Cruz’s super PAC. That’s roughly 40% of the $38 million the super PAC took in the first half of the year.
* And if you haven’t seen Chris Christie shout at a voter in a while, the New Jersey governor had a confrontation with an Iowa voter over the weekend after the voter questioned the Republican’s record on guns.
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