Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The latest national CNN poll shows the Democratic advantage on the generic congressional ballot shrinking to just three points, down from the double-digit lead the party enjoyed a few months ago. That said, the top-line data isn’t necessarily the whole story.
* In Ohio’s competitive gubernatorial race, state Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) won his party’s nomination this week, but outgoing two-term Gov. John Kasich (R) isn’t endorsing him, at least not yet. A key point of contention: Medicaid expansion.
* Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, a prominent Democratic gubernatorial candidate, died unexpectedly this morning of an apparent heart attack.
* Missouri Republicans want scandal-plagued Gov. Eric Greitens (R) to move some progressive ballot initiatives, including a proposed minimum-wage increase, from the November ballot to the August primary. But with state GOP leaders calling for his resignation, the governor is apparently ignoring their request.
* Don Blankenship’s Senate campaign in West Virginia obviously didn’t turn out well – he came in third in this week’s Republican primary – but as a consolation prize, Donald Trump called him yesterday “to exchange pleasantries and offer his congratulations on waging the campaign.”
* Connecticut legislators this week approved a measure that would “add the state to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, bringing electoral reformers closer to their goal of sidestepping the Electoral College to elect presidents by a nationwide popular vote.”
* And the Republican National Committee’s Rules Committee is poised to eliminate a standing committee on primary debates. As one party official told BuzzFeed, “Obviously this is intended to dissuade a primary challenge to the president.”