Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Ohio’s last two uncommitted super-delegates announced late yesterday that they’re supporting Hillary Clinton’s campaign in order to respect voters’ will.
* On a related note, MoveOn.org has backed Bernie Sanders enthusiastically throughout the Democratic race, but the progressive group said yesterday it cannot support Sanders’ effort to use party insiders to overturn the results of the nominating contests.
* Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.), at one time considered the frontrunner in Florida’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, is now facing pressure to quit the Senate race and run for re-election to the House. Former Gov. Charlie Crist (D) is already running in Jolly’s district and Republicans are worried about losing the competitive seat.
* This week, many of Donald Trump’s Republican critics have preferred using “racist” as an adjective rather than a noun, but Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) went a little further yesterday: “Something that walks like a duck, talks like a duck, is likely to be a duck. If you continue to say what I believe are racist statements, you’re likely to be a racist.”
* In Pennsylvania, PPP shows Clinton leading Trump by the narrowest of margins, 41% to 40%, while Gary Johnson is at 6% and Jill Stein is at 3%. Clinton’s biggest problem in the state, at least for now, is Sanders’ supporters.
* Add Govs. Brian Sandoval (Nev.) and Scott Walker (Wis.) to the list of high-profile Republicans who are suddenly unsure whether they’ll support Trump’s candidacy.
* In Alaska, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R) is supporting his in-state colleague, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), in her primary. She’s facing a challenge from a former Anchorage mayor, who’s also named Dan Sullivan.
* And In Arizona, Sen. John McCain (R) endorsed a border fence in 2010 – a reversal from his previous position – in order to stave off a primary rival. In 2016, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s (D) Senate campaign is eager to use this against him.
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