Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In New Hampshire, the latest WMUR/CNN poll shows Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton, 50% to 40%, in the Democratic presidential primary. Clinton is in better shape in South Carolina, where a Fox News poll shows her ahead, 65% to 21%.
* Speaking of South Carolina, a new Winthrop poll of Republican voters in the state shows Donald Trump leading the GOP field with 24%, followed by Ted Cruz at 16%, Ben Carson at 14%, and Marco Rubio at 11%.
* Speaking of Trump, the Republican frontrunner announced this morning he’s “postponing” a trip to Israel, and will reschedule “after I become President of the U.S.” Trump was scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Dec. 28, but Netanyahu was critical of the candidate’s anti-Muslim comments this week.
* The latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows Clinton’s lead over Sanders inching up at the national level, where she’s now up by 20 points, 52% to 32%.
* Ted Cruz picked up some additional endorsements yesterday, receiving support from the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage, as well as Richard Viguerie, a longtime GOP activist who helped pioneer the use of campaign direct mail.
* And speaking of endorsements, Jeb Bush’s campaign may appear to be in trouble, but he picked up his fourth Senate endorsement this week with Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announcing his support for the Florida Republican. As of today, Bush has more endorsements from Senate Republicans than any other 2016 candidate.
* Marco Rubio, meanwhile, continues to line-up wealthy financiers, with hedge-fund billionaire Ken Griffin announcing his support for the Florida senator yesterday. Griffin had backed Scott Walker earlier this year.
* And speaking of the Wisconsin governor, as Rachel noted on the show last night, Walker once again reiterated his call for some of his former presidential rivals to “suspend their campaigns” in order to increase the odds of defeating Trump.
* Finally, former presidential hopeful Herman Cain spoke at a rally in Atlanta this week in support of Ben Carson’s campaign. “Stay informed — because stupid people are ruining America,” Cain said. “God blessed me with a voice and a big mouth and I’m going to use it to try to wake people up and convert some of the stupid people.”