Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In a bit of a shock, a new Monmouth poll in Iowa shows Donald Trump and Ben Carson tied for the Republican lead with 23% each. Carly Fiorina – the other GOP candidate who has no experience in public office – is third with 10%, followed by Ted Cruz with 9%. Scott Walker, once seen as the Iowa frontrunner, is fifth in the poll with 7%.
* In Nashville, Tennessee, over the weekend, Trump won a presidential straw poll at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies event. The New York GOP candidate, often accused of having an unhealthy ego, told attendees Saturday, “I don’t want it to be about me. This is about common sense.”
* Some of the details are murky, but Politico reported over the weekend, “Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy.”
* Hillary Clinton is poised to get a boost in New Hampshire, thanks to an endorsement from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
* Bernie Sanders is no doubt aware of electability concerns surrounding his campaign, but when the Vermont Independent spoke at the DNC’s summer meeting, he turned the thesis on its head – the senator told Democratic activists that he’s the only candidate in the Democratic field who can win.
* Former President George H.W. Bush yesterday released another fundraising letter on his son’s behalf. The appeal begins, “I need your help.”
* Chris Christie chided Carly Fiorina late last week over her concerns regarding entry standards for the next Republican debate. “If Carly wants to quibble about debate rules I think she’s wasting time quite frankly,” he said. File this away for future reference – will Christie be similarly lackadaisical if he’s excluded from the stage in upcoming debates?
* And less than a year after Monica Wehby’s failed U.S. Senate campaign in Oregon, the Republican now says she’s considering a run for governor in 2016. Note, Oregon will hold a special election next year following former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s (D) re-election in 2014 and resignation earlier this year. The special election will be for the remainder of his term, and will be followed by another statewide race in 2018.
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