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:
* In New Hampshire, home to the first 2016 primary, PPP shows Scott Walker with a big, early advantage in the Republican presidential race, leading Ted Cruz by 10 points, 24% to 14%. Rand Paul is third with 12%, followed by Jeb Bush with 10%.
* Though Chris Christie hedged on vaccinations in February, his position has improved since. He told an anti-vaccination activist in New Hampshire yesterday she “can’t count on” him to take her side. “Vaccinations have done enormous good in this country,” the governor said, adding, “[Y]ou’re always going to have concerns about your child, but we also have to be concerned about public health.”
* On the other hand, the New Jersey Republican also told voters yesterday that Donald Trump is “a great American” and a “quintessential American.”
* Time magazine named Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) one of the world’s 100 most influential people, which wouldn’t be especially noteworthy were it not for the fact that Hillary Clinton wrote the profile, singing Warren’s praises.
* On a related note, Time also singled out Charles and David Koch in their Top 100 list. Their flattering profile was written by Rand Paul.
* Hillary Clinton’s campaign made clear this week she wants the Supreme Court to bring marriage equality to the nation. This drew a rebuke from former Gov. Martin O’Malley, her likely Democratic rival, who noted that Clinton said last year she backed a state-by-state approach.
* In Florida, former state House Speaker Will Weatherford (R) announced that he, too, will not run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Marco Rubio (R). Over the weekend, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater (R), the early frontrunner for the seat, also withdrew his name from consideration.
* And in Indiana, Bill Oesterle, the co-founder and CEO of Angie’s List, suggested this week he might take on Gov. Mike Pence (R) in a gubernatorial primary.