Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Asked about his party affiliation, Bernie Sanders said last night, “Of course I am a Democrat and running for the Democratic nomination.” The comments came as a surprise to Vermont Democrats – Sanders has been running in Vermont elections regularly since 1972, and he’s never run as a Democrat.
* Looking ahead to a general-election debate with Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie vowed yesterday, “I’ll beat her rear end on that stage.”
* As Ben Carson’s fundraising dries up, he’s begun downsizing his campaign and eliminating about half of his paid staff.
* As things stand, Carly Fiorina will not qualify for participation in Saturday night’s Republican debate, and there will be no kids-table debate. Fiorina has been lobbying the RNC, however, to include her given the size of the shrinking Republican field.
* The day after the Iowa caucuses, Bernie Sanders’ campaign reportedly had its best day of fundraising ever, raising an extraordinary $3 million on Tuesday alone.
* According to Gallup’s latest analysis, there are now 20 “red” states, as compared to 14 “blue” states. This is “the first time in Gallup’s eight years of tracking partisanship by state that there have been more Republican than Democratic states.”
* And former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) boasted yesterday that he’s one of the nine remaining Republican presidential candidates “still standing.” The claim, while technically true, comes on the heels of Gilmore receiving just 12 individual votes in the Iowa caucuses.
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