Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The latest national Fox News poll shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, 45% to 42%. Just about every other national poll released in recent months has shown the Democrat ahead.
* In New Jersey, which hosts its presidential primary on June 7, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Clinton leading Bernie Sanders, 54% to 40%. To keep up pace with his nominating goals, the senator would have to win the Garden State by over 35 points.
* The same poll shows Clinton leading Trump in New Jersey, 45% to 38%.
* Bill Kristol and his pals have renamed their anti-Trump endeavor the “Renegade Party,” which launched a Twitter account this week. The party’s logo looks quite a bit like the Radio Shack logo, though that’s probably a coincidence.
* Despite receiving fewer votes in the Kentucky primary this week, Sanders told supporters yesterday he scored a “great victory” in the Bluegrass State.
* Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the House Republican Conference chair, issued a statement late yesterday announcing her support for Trump’s candidacy.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, the Sanders campaign said it wants yet another Democratic debate, this time on Fox News ahead of the California primary. In the unlikely event Clinton agrees to such an event, it would be the 10th debate between the two candidates – a number that reaches 23 if candidate forums are included.
* Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld (R) made it official this morning, agreeing to run for vice president on former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson’s Libertarian Party ticket.
* And Mitt Romney has now given up on recruiting a Republican to run against Trump in November, though as recently as late last week, the 2012 nominee was still actively involved in such an effort.