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:
* Are the Iowa Straw Poll’s days numbered? Maybe. The Republican Party of Iowa’s governing board will meet Friday to discuss whether or not to move forward with the quadrennial event.
* When Hillary Clinton’s campaign aides say they’re focusing on their ground game, they’re apparently not kidding: “In the eight weeks since she announced her run for the White House, Clinton’s campaign has deployed roughly 100 organizers nationwide and opened 15 offices in early-voting states. That’s far more than any other candidate of either party in the 2016 contest.” Clinton has 27 paid organizers in Iowa alone – triple the number of the next closest Republican.
* In Ohio, Public Policy Polling’s latest survey shows Ohio Gov. John Kasich leading the Republicans’ presidential field with 19% support, which doesn’t seem that impressive under the circumstances. Ben Carson and Scott Walker are tied for second in the poll with 13% each, followed by Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio who are tied with 12% each.
* On a related note, Kasich changed state law this week, making Ohio’s presidential primary a winner-take-all event, rather than awarding its convention delegates proportionally.
* In a strange exchange, radio host Diane Rehm told Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) yesterday that he has “dual citizenship with Israel.” The presidential hopeful explained that this isn’t at all true. She later apologized, blaming a comment she saw on Facebook for the misunderstanding.
* Mitt Romney will host a multi-day “E2 Summit,” starting this evening, featuring several Republican presidential hopefuls and “big GOP donors.” Among the participants will be Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, Chris Christie, John Kasich, and Carly Fiorina.
* And former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D), who’s kept a fairly low profile since his 2010 defeat, is reportedly preparing a comeback bid with a possible 2016 congressional bid.
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