Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* At campaign rally in Portland, Ore., Bernie Sanders not only filled an arena with nearly 20,000 seats, there were reportedly an additional 8,000 people in overflow areas. This appears to be the largest event for any U.S. candidate in any party for any office this year.
* A Social Security event in Seattle, however, did not go as well for Sanders – Black Lives Matter activists interrupted the independent senator shortly after he took the stage. “We’re shutting this event down – now,” one activist said. Sanders left the stage soon after and did not return. [edited slightly for clarity]
* An Internet poll conducted by NBC News and Survey Monkey shows Donald Trump continuing to lead the field of Republican presidential candidates.
* Hillary Clinton will unveil her plan today on college affordability, which will reportedly cost about $350 billion over the next decade. She’s holding events in Iowa later this week to promote the plan, which the campaign is calling the “New College Compact.”
* Marco Rubio said last week that as a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, “over 40% of small and mid-size banks that loan money to small businesses have been wiped out.” That’s not even close to being true.
* Iowa Democrats announced over the weekend that this year will be the final year for the “Jefferson-Jackson” dinner. The annual event will continue, but it will have a more inclusive name going forward.
* And in recent days, both Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum told msnbc they’re prepared to vote for Donald Trump if he’s the Republican nominee. As Graham put it, “I will vote for the nominee. If it’s Donald, I would hold my nose and vote.”
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