Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* With 11 days remaining before the Iowa caucuses, a new Loras College Poll shows Donald Trump with the narrowest of leads over Ted Cruz, 26% to 25%, with Marco Rubio third with 13%. In December, a Loras poll found Cruz leading Trump, 30% to 23%.
* In related news, the final KBUR/Monmouth College poll of Iowa Republicans shows Cruz narrowly leading Trump, 27% to 25%. The same poll found Ben Carson third with 11%, followed by Marco Rubio at 9%.
* On the other side of the aisle, the same KBUR/Monmouth College poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders among Iowa Democrats, 48% to 39%. Martin O’Malley has one of his stronger showings of the season in this poll with 7%.
* On the campaign trail in Iowa yesterday, Bernie Sanders went after Hillary Clinton’s 2002 vote in support of the Iraq war AUMF. Clinton later expressed regret for having voted for the resolution.
* Though Vice President Biden hasn’t had much to say about the presidential race lately, he delivered a keynote address at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland yesterday, and denounced the idea of moving towards “socialism.” Biden did not, however, mention Sanders by name.
* In North Carolina, the latest PPP poll shows Clinton leading Sanders with a comfortable lead over Sanders, 59% to 26%. North Carolina’s primary isn’t until March 15.
* In Florida, the latest statewide poll from Florida Atlantic University also shows Clinton with a big lead, 62% to 26%, over Sanders.
* Democrats have struggled to find a top-tier candidate to take on Sen. Rand Paul (R) in Kentucky in the fall, but Lexington Mayor Jim Gray (D) may be interested.
* And Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson returned to the campaign trail yesterday, albeit “with a heavy heart,” following a traffic accident that claimed the life a young campaign volunteer earlier this week.
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