Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Bill Millis, one of Ben Carson’s top fundraisers, told the Republican candidate he’s quitting the campaign’s board of directors. Though Millis apparently still likes Carson, the donor is at odds with the candidate’s staff.
* Speaking of Carson, the retired right-wing neurosurgeon is also concerned about losing some of his evangelical backers, so he’ll host an “Evangelical Rollout” in South Carolina next week, where “a number of pastors” will reportedly endorse Carson’s candidacy.
* With 67 days remaining before the nation’s first primary, Jeb Bush is still keeping expectations high. “I believe I’m gonna win New Hampshire, to be honest with you,” he told NBC News this week. “I honestly believe it.” I’ve seen the new PPP poll out of the Granite State, and I honestly believe something different.
* The entire 14-member Republican presidential field will be in D.C. today to speak at a Republican Jewish Coalition forum. It’s not a debate, however, since each of the candidates will speak one at a time.
* Hillary Clinton picked up another big endorsement today, receiving support from Labor Secretary Tom Perez.
* Speaking of Clinton, the former Secretary of State last night called for a federal investigation into the Chicago Police Department.
* As expected, Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward (R) announced yesterday she’s stepping down from the state Senate to focus all of her time on a primary campaign against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
* And in Florida, the state Supreme Court approved a new congressional district map yesterday, writing that the new lines “should bring much needed finality” to the redistricting drama. Roll Call reports that the 2nd district, currently held by a centrist Democrat, will now be harder for Dems to keep with the addition of many Republican voters, while the 10th and 13th districts, currently held by Republicans, will now have more Democratic voters.
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