Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* Hillary Clinton commented on her email controversy for the first time last night. “I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them,” she said via Twitter. “They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”
* Jeb Bush has been on the offensive over the email story, but he’s run into complications: “[Bush] owns the server that runs firstname.lastname@example.org, the personal email account he used as governor to conduct official, political and personal business. Asked who controls the server that operates that email address, Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell responded: ‘He owns it.’”
* In a new national Quinnipiac poll, Scott Walker leads the Republican presidential field with 18%, followed closely by Jeb Bush with 16%. Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee are tied for third with 8% each, followed by Ben Carson with 7% and Rand Paul with 6%.
* In the same poll, Clinton leads each of likely Republican rivals in hypothetical match-ups, leading Bush by three, Marco Rubio by five, Walker by nine, and Cruz by double digits.
* To the surprise of no one, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a leading House Dem, announced yesterday that he will run for Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s (D) seat next year in Maryland. He’ll almost certainly face a crowded Democratic primary.
* In North Carolina, PPP’s latest survey shows Gov. Pat McCrory (R) narrowly leading state A.G. Roy Cooper (D) in next year’s gubernatorial race, 43% to 41%.
* The same poll shows Sen. Richard Burr (R) with a lower approval rating than McCrory, but in hypothetical match-ups, he’s ahead of leading Democrats by margins ranging from 6 to 12 points.
* And in Pennsylvania, former Rep. Joe Sestak (D) launched a U.S. Senate campaign yesterday, looking for a rematch against incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R). As part of his campaign kickoff, Sestak is tackling a 422-mile walk across the state.