Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In Iowa, a new Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders among Democrats, 48% to 41%. The seven-point margin is similar to the eight-point advantage Clinton enjoyed in the same poll in August.
* According to top Clinton fundraisers, they “started hearing from new donors” soon after Vice President Biden announced he will not run for the 2016 nomination.
* CNBC has formalized its lineup for next week’s Republican debate. The prime-time event will include the top 10 candidates – Chris Christie, John Kasich, and Rand Paul barely managed to qualify – while the kids-table debate will begin two hours earlier and will feature Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki, and Lindsey Graham. Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore did not reach the minimum threshold for support.
* In Wisconsin’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, the latest Wisconsin Public Radio poll has Russ Feingold (D) up by double digits over incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R), 51% to 40%.
* The same poll found Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders among Wisconsin Democrats, 47% to 42%.
* The closely watched U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire couldn’t be closer, with PPP showing Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) leading incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), 44% to 43%.
* Charles Koch apparently intends to spend $750 million on the elections through his Koch-backed political network, which is down from the $900 million that had previously been reported.
* Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump appears to have changed his position on the war in Afghanistan. After arguing two weeks ago that the invasion was a mistake, Trump said the opposite on Tuesday.
* And House Speaker John Boehner has lined up the election process for his successor. House Republicans will nominate their choice on Oct. 28, with a floor election scheduled for Oct. 29. If all goes well, Boehner may be able to retire, as scheduled, on Oct. 31.