Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The latest national CNN poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 13 points, 54% to 41%. That’s up slightly from her 12-point lead in the same poll in March.
* Despite obvious misgivings, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a tepid written statement last night, pledging support for Trump.
* Bernie Sanders told NPR yesterday that he intends to stay in the Democratic race “until the very last vote is counted” in the D.C. primary in mid-June. That represents a shift from his position from a few days ago, when the senator vowed to keep fighting well after the D.C. primary.
* Trump said yesterday he’s “open to doing something with” the minimum wage. During a GOP debate last year, Trump said he opposes an increase because, as he put it, wages are already “too high.”
* Both President Bushes will reportedly stay out of the 2016 race altogether, and they won’t publicly endorse Trump’s candidacy.
* Sanders’ campaign manager said 120 Democratic superdelegates changed their minds about which presidential candidate to support in the 2008 race. As it turns out, the actual number was 28.
* In Ohio’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, PPP this week reported that incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R) is tied with former Gov. Ted Strickland (D), with each garnering 38% support.
* The Atlantic’s Molly Ball ran into former Republican presidential hopeful Jim Gilmore yesterday, and the former governor said, in apparent reference to Trump, “What a nightmare, what a nightmare.” Asked if he intends to vote for Trump, Gilmore replied, “Sure.”