Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Despite last week’s battery charge, Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, will reportedly not be prosecuted after all.
* Speaking of Team Trump, as Rachel noted on the show last night, Rick Wiley, who managed Scott Walker’s presidential campaign, has signed on as Trump’s new national political director.
* At a campaign event in New York, a Bernie Sanders supporter helped warm up the crowd by condemning “corporate Democratic whores” from the stage before the senator’s speech began. This morning, Sanders denounced the comments.
* Hillary Clinton picked up an endorsement yesterday from the New York State Immigrant Action Fund, the largest immigrant rights coalition in the country. Around the same time, Bernie Sanders announced an endorsement from the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents about 42,000 transit workers in the New York region.
* New Monmouth University polls show Donald Trump leading the Republican primary in Maryland by 20 points, and in Pennsylvania by 16 points. Both states host primaries in two weeks.
* Speaking of Maryland, the White House intervened in the state’s competitive Democratic Senate primary after Rep. Donna Edwards’ super PAC launched a misleading ad featuring President Obama. White House officials asked that the ad come down.
* In Connecticut, the latest Emerson poll shows Trump up by 24 points, though the Democratic race is far more competitive, with Clinton leading Sanders by just 6 points, 49% to 43%.
* Notable tidbit: John Kasich will likely have more top-two finishes in April primaries than he’s had in the entire race thus far. There are six primaries between April 19 and 26; they’re all in the Northeast; and the Ohio governor is well positioned to finish second in each of them. To date, Kasich has only finished second in three states – New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont – and D.C. He won his home state of Ohio.
* Asked yesterday about how the year is shaping up, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said, “I’m at a loss, OK? I do not know what’s going to happen. I just don’t see that a lot of it’s going to turn out well. Because there are too many divisions within our party.” Note, the Arizona Republican will be on the ballot this year.
* After tonight’s Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders will leave the campaign trail in order to speak at an event at the Vatican. His campaign hopes to have him back in New York by Saturday, ahead of Tuesday’s primary.
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