Thursday’s Campaign Round-Up, 1.28.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls, Hillary Clinton is ahead in Iowa (48% to 45%); she has a much bigger lead in South Carolina (64% to 27%); but Bernie Sanders is still well ahead in New Hampshire (57% to 38%).
* Bernie Sanders, who will turn 75 years old by Election Day, will reportedly release his medical records later today. This meets a vow from the campaign to disclose the materials before the Iowa caucuses.
* Political insiders are absolutely convinced that Marco Rubio would be a strong general-election candidate for Republicans, while Donald Trump would be a weak one. Republican voters, meanwhile, are equally convinced the exact opposite is true, at least according to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll.
* Congratulations, John Kasich, you’re now relevant enough to attack. A secretive far-right group called the American Future Fund, which does not disclose its donors, is launching a $1 million ad campaign against the Ohio governor, telling New Hampshire Republicans Kasich is an “Obama Republican,” not a conservative or a moderate.
* Speaking of New Hampshire, Chris Christie is going after Marco Rubio with increasing vigor, telling Boston Herald Radio yesterday that the Floridian is “a 44-year-old first-term senator who’s never accomplished anything.”
* Politico reports that Rand Paul is under renewed pressure from GOP officials to shift his focus from his struggling presidential campaign to his Senate re-election campaign in Kentucky.
* Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), perhaps best known for role in trying to oust then-Speaker John Boehner, officially endorsed Ted Cruz on Fox News last night. Meadows is reportedly headed to Iowa to campaign for the Texas senator.
* Three days after the South Carolina Republican primary are the Nevada GOP’s caucuses, which have been woefully under-polled. Jeb Bush will travel to Nevada on Monday – the day of the Iowa caucuses.
* The level of U.S. support for a Michael Bloomberg presidential candidacy is unclear, but News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch seems to support the idea.
* And speaking of the former New York City mayor, Kathy Kiely, the Washington news director for Bloomberg Politics, resigned yesterday over concerns related to coverage of Michael Bloomberg’s possible campaign.

Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 1.28.16