Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Voting got underway about an hour ago in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which are hosting their Republican presidential caucuses today. Nine delegates are at stake.
* In a curious display of desperation, Marco Rubio’s campaign sent a fundraising appeal to supporters yesterday and the subject line read, “We will lose.” The first sentence of the message read, “There’s no other way to say this: we will lose.” It went on to beg for money, but struggling campaigns usually try to avoid language like this.
* Though some recent polling shows Rubio trailing Donald Trump by double digits in Florida, a new Washington Post/Univision poll shows Trump with a more modest advantage, 38% to 31%.
* Hillary Clinton continues to pick up labor support, with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) officially endorsing the Democrat yesterday. The union reportedly represents 103,000 workers.
* The four remaining GOP candidates will meet in Miami tonight for another debate, their 12th. Jeb Bush will reportedly meet with Ted Cruz, Rubio, and John Kasich in advance of the event, though it’s unclear if the former governor intends to endorse one of them before Tuesday’s primary in Florida.
* Speaking of the Sunshine State, the Pew Research Center issued a report yesterday that found as recently as 2006, most Hispanic voters in Florida were registered as Republicans. Now, Democrats have a far greater registration advantage with the same constituency.
* Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D), a U.S. Senate candidate this year, has generally been considered a moderate when it comes to gun measures, but Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly, and their Americans for Responsible Solutions threw their official backing to Strickland this week in his race against incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R).
* And far-right radio host Mark Levin announced his support for Ted Cruz late yesterday. “I decided today was the day ultimately because of Nancy Reagan’s death,” the host told his audience.