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:
* In Iowa, a new Bloomberg Politics poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders among Democrats by a two-to-one margin, 50% to 24%. Martin O’Malley is a distant third at 2%, and Lincoln Chafee is at roughly 0%.
* In New Hampshire, the Bloomberg Politics poll shows Clinton with a slightly larger advantage over Sanders, 56% to 24%. O’Malley and Chafee fared about as well as they did in Iowa.
* Speaking of the Granite State, a “quirky” filing process may cause trouble for Sanders getting onto the Democratic ballot: “State law says that presidential candidates must be a registered member of the party whose primary ballot they are trying to get on.” Sanders is not a Democrat, which may complicate matters.
* Though the latest NBC poll showed Clinton with comfortable leads over the leading Republican candidates, a new Fox News poll points to more competitive match-ups. Fox shows Clinton and Jeb Bush tied in a hypothetical general election, for example. The same poll showed Clinton leading Marco Rubio by just one point and Rand Paul by four, though her advantages over the rest of the GOP field are much larger.
* Though Florida Republicans initially struggled to recruit a Senate candidate in next year’s open-seat contest, they now have a growing primary field. Rep. Jeff Miller (R) has reportedly decided to throw his hat in the ring, joining Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez Cantera (R).
* It took an awfully long time for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to acknowledge that the Confederate battle flag is “divisive.”
* Similarly, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said nothing for three days before finally acknowledging, “I think the flag is inescapably a symbol of human bondage and slavery.”
* Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb (D) continues to consider a Democratic presidential campaign, though if this week is any indication, he should probably just stay on the sidelines. Webb acknowledged the growing controversy over official support for Confederate symbols and called for “mutual respect” when considering things like the Confederate battle flag.
* A funny observation from Senate staffer Faiz Shakir: “The 2016 Republican presidential field has gotten so unwieldy that ‘George Walker Bush’ now refers to 3 separate candidates.” It’s true – there’s a George (Pataki), a (Scott) Walker, and a (Jeb) Bush.
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