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:
* Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D) announced this morning that he’s on the comeback trail and he’s ready for a rematch against Sen. Ron Johnson (R) in Wisconsin next year. About an hour later, the DSCC endorsed Feingold, clearly hoping to ensure he has no primary challenger.
* In the latest national PPP survey, Scott Walker leads the Republican presidential field with 18% support, followed by Marco Rubio at 13%. Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee are tied for third with 12%, followed by Jeb Bush in fifth place with 11%.
* In presidential announcement news, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton (R) is expected to announce his 2016 plans any minute now. We also learned this morning that former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) will kick off his presidential bid on May 30 and former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) will announce his intentions on May 28.
* Jeb Bush accidentally said yesterday he’s “running for president,” but since he hasn’t officially launched his campaign, the former governor quickly had to walk that back.
* Marco Rubio has apparently added another billionaire to his list of supporters, with Oracle founder Larry Ellison agreeing to host a fundraiser for the far-right Florida senator.
* A new Bluegrass Poll shows Rand Paul leading the Republican presidential field in his adopted home state of Kentucky, but in a hypothetical general-election matchup, the same survey showed Paul tied with Hillary Clinton, with each getting 45% of the vote. That’s hard to believe, of course, though it’s worth noting Bill Clinton carried Kentucky in both of his national races.
* Voters in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, voted this week to keep its local policy protecting LGBT residents from discrimination. As conservative as Arkansas has become, this small town nevertheless easily chose the side of civil rights in Tuesday’s vote.
* And while Lindsey Graham will kick off his presidential campaign on June 1, he doesn’t seem convinced he’s going to win – the South Carolina Republican will reportedly host a fundraiser for his Senate campaign nine days later.
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