Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In Ohio’s U.S. Senate race, a new Quinnipiac poll shows former Gov. Ted Strickland (D) narrowly leading incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R), 43% to 42%.
* In Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race, Quinnipiac found incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R) with the narrowest of leads over Katie McGinty (D), 45% to 44%.
* And in Florida’s U.S. Senate race, Quinnipiac found Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) leads each of the five leading Republican candidates by margins ranging from 1 and 6 percentage points.
* In Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, Republican Jon Keyser seemed to have moved past his ballot-access troubles, but the ABC affiliate in Denver reported yesterday that at least 10 of Keyser petition signatures – enough to possibly keep him off the ballot – were forgeries, not accidents.
* Donald Trump said yesterday he doesn’t regret his anti-POW comments from last year because after he made the remarks, his poll numbers went up.
* In his campaign’s latest fundraising pitch yesterday, Bernie Sanders’ team again told supporters that the campaign intends to win the nomination by having superdelegates override the primary and caucus results.
* Speaking of Team Sanders, the senator’s California director left the campaign yesterday without explanation, and MSNBC quoted Sanders officials saying they “probably” won’t spend more on television advertising in the notoriously expensive state.
* Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) spoke to members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, but Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) took the opportunity to get into a heated exchange with the senator about Reid’s support for his primary rival in Florida. Reid, undeterred, reportedly told the congressman, “I want you to lose.”
* And in case there were any doubts, Sen. Ted Cruz may not like working in D.C., but he also doesn’t intend to change direction anytime soon: the Texas Republican filed the paperwork yesterday to run for re-election in 2018.