Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* With just five days remaining before Kentucky’s gubernatorial race, the final Bluegrass Poll shows state Attorney General Jack Conway (D) leading Matt Bevin (R), 45% to 40%. Independent Drew Curtis was third in the poll with 6%.
* Bernie Sanders made some news at an event in Virginia last night, calling for U.S. policymakers to “remove the federal prohibition on marijuana.”
* At a campaign event in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton made extensive comments on capital punishment yesterday, explaining that while she does not support abolishing the policy, she also believes there is ample evidence that “the death penalty has been too frequently applied, and too often in a discriminatory way.”
* Speaking of Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner ran new ads last night in Iowa and New Hampshire during last night’s debate for the Republican presidential candidates.
* With the governor’s race in Louisiana reaching its runoff stage, the Democratic Governors Association is launching a $300,000 ad campaign against Sen. David Vitter (R), “attacking him as untrustworthy and morally challenged.” The election is Nov. 21.
* Rafael Cruz, Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) father and occasional campaign surrogate, yesterday told BuzzFeed that LGBT activists are going to try to legalize pedophilia. He offered no proof to support the ridiculous claim.
* And as Paul Ryan moves into the Speaker’s office, some Democratic campaign officials believe there’s an opportunity to exploit his far-right budget plan and its provisions. “Democrats should be uncorking the champagne, because to put somebody that is as dedicated to unpopular policies as him at the head of the House is a real political hazard,” Democratic strategist Ben Ray said this week.”
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