Thursday’s Campaign Round-Up, 2.18.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
 
* With just over a week remaining in the Democratic South Carolina primary, a new poll from Monmouth University shows Hillary Clinton with a significant lead over Bernie Sanders, 59% to 30%.
 
* At the national level, meanwhile, the new USA Today/Suffolk poll also shows Clinton ahead, but by a much more modest margin, 50% to 40%.
 
* Ted Cruz, eager for a one-on-one fight with Donald Trump, yesterday practically dared his 2016 rival to sue him. The Texas Republican said he’d welcome the chance to depose Trump as part of a case.
 
* In South Carolina, Marco Rubio has paid “more than $1.1 million to South Carolina operatives and political consultants, more than triple the amount of all his opponents combined.”
 
* Ben Carson picked up his first congressional endorsement of the cycle yesterday, when Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) threw his support behind the struggling retired neurosurgeon.
 
* Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), a prominent figure in the right-wing House Freedom Caucus, formally endorsed Ted Cruz this week.
 
* When South Carolina Republicans vote in Saturday’s primary, John Kasich will have already moved on, spending the day campaigning in Massachusetts, which holds a March 1 primary.
 
* And in Pennsylvania, scandal-plagued state Attorney General Kathleen Kane (D) announced this week that she will not seek re-election. Kane added, however, that she still does not intend to resign.
 
 

Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 2.18.16