Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Hillary Clinton’s decision to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, at least for now, is an announcement with broad political implications.
* It took a while, but Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign picked up its first congressional endorsement yesterday: Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) threw his support to the Vermont senator.
* In Ohio, a new Quinnipiac poll shows former Gov. Ted Strickland (D) with a narrow lead over incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R) in next year’s Senate race, 46% to 43%.
* The same poll offered better news for Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R): his approval rating in his home state is up to an all-time high of 62%. He’s the only sitting governor in the presidential race who’s actually popular with his constituents.
* In Florida, the new Quinnipiac poll shows both of the Democrats running for the U.S. Senate – Reps. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson – with early leads over the top GOP contenders.
* The results were better for Republicans in Pennsylvania, where Quinnipiac found incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R) with double-digit leads over his Democratic rivals.
* In New Hampshire, a Republican group called One Nation – an offshoot of Karl Rove’s Crossroads operation – launched a $1.4 million ad campaign in support of Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s (R) re-election campaign.
* And Mike Huckabee’s 1998 book is apparently “full of fake quotes from America’s Founders.” There’s been a lot of that going around in GOP circles.