Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Donald Trump’s first television ad of the general election focuses on immigrants and refugees, but according to a Politico report, as recently as the middle of last week, Trump aides determined their first spot would be devoted to “an economic message.” It’s unclear exactly who changed the plan the next day.
* David Nierenberg, the former chairman of Mitt Romney’s national finance committee, is the latest Republican to throw his support to Hillary Clinton.
* There’s some question in Indiana as to whether or not former Sen. Evan Bayh (D), hoping to reclaim his old Senate seat, still has an active voter registration in the state.
* Evan McMullin, running a conservative independent presidential candidacy, has reportedly qualified for the ballot in Iowa and Louisiana. He’s also slated to appear on the ballot in Colorado and Utah.
* On a related note, Green Party nominee Jill Stein tried to get on the presidential ballot in Georgia, but she appears to have come up short.
* After complaining about a local story published in Naples, Florida congressional candidate Dan Bongino (R) “went on a screaming, profanity-laced tirade Sunday during a telephone call” with Politico yesterday.
* For the first time since its launch in 1993, Wired magazine is making a presidential endorsement and will support Clinton. “For all the barbs aimed at Clinton … she is the only candidate who can assess the data, consult with the people who need to be heard, and make decisions that she can logically defend,” editor in chief Scott Dadich wrote.
* Don’t be too surprised if Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) faces a primary rival in 2018. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) expressed some interest last week, and said he’s received encouragement from “a lot of people.”
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