Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* All of the details on third-quarter fundraising aren’t yet available, but initial accounts tell us Hillary Clinton raised $28 million, just above Bernie Sanders’ $26 million. These totals, which do not include super PAC fundraising, should cause some trepidation with Vice President Biden and his team.
* On a related note, we don’t yet know how the 15 Republican candidates fared, but Ben Carson’s campaign was quick to note last night that he raised “at least $20.2 million” in the third quarter, which is a strong showing.
* The Clinton campaign wasted no time in creating an online video yesterday, highlighting House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) comments admitting the Benghazi committee is a partisan election exercise.
* Jeb Bush announced yesterday that he’s comfortable with the name of Washington’s NFL team. “I don’t find it offensive,” he said. “Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive.” Team owner Dan Snyder has contributed $100,000 to Jeb’s super PAC.
* In Kentucky’s gubernatorial race, now just a month away, the new Bluegrass Poll shows Jack Conway (D) with a five-point lead over Matt Bevin (R), 42% to 37%. Independent Drew Curtis is third with 7%.
* On a related note, Bevin appeared in a debate yesterday and expressed support for Ben Carson’s presidential campaign. A few hours later, he switched gears and said he’s backing Kentucky’s Rand Paul.
* In Colorado, Republicans desperately wanted to recruit Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler (R) to run against Sen. Michael Bennet (D) next year, but Brauchler officially withdrew from consideration yesterday.
* In Wisconsin’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, a new Marquette University Law School poll shows former Sen. Russ Feingold (D) leading incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R), 50% to 36%.
* The same poll found Donald Trump leading Ben Carson among Wisconsin Republicans, 20% to 16%, while Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders among Wisconsin Democrats, 42% to 30%.
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