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:
* To the delight of the DSCC, former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (D) kicked off her U.S. Senate campaign yesterday, hoping to succeed Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The retiring senator has already thrown his support to the former state A.G.
* Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) announced yesterday she will not run for re-election next year. It’s generally considered a reliable “blue” district and Democrats are optimistic about keeping the seat.
* A wide variety of Republican presidential hopefuls will address the NRA’s annual convention this weekend, but as Rachel noted on the show last night, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky will not be there – because they weren’t invited.
* The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Jeb Bush among Hispanic voters by nearly a three-to-one margin, 71% to 26%. A new msnbc/Telemundo poll added that even Latino voters who consider themselves politically conservative have soured on the Republican Party.
* In New Jersey, a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll shows Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) approval rating dropping further among his constituents. A 54% majority now say they disapprove of the governor’s overall job performance, while 41% approve.
* In advance of his presidential kickoff on Monday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) now has an allied super PAC on his side. Conservative Solutions PAC launched today.
* Glenn Kessler took a closer look at Rand Paul’s announcement speech, fact-checking some of the senator’s more dubious claims. There were quite a few factual errors.
* And believe it or not, Rhode Island’s Lincoln Chafee, the Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat who’s served as both a U.S. senator and a one-term governor, has launched a presidential exploratory committee. He will apparently run for the White House as a Democrat.
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