Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Donald Trump was asked yesterday what he hoped people would take away from the convention. The candidate told the New York Times, “The fact that I’m very well liked.”
* Hillary Clinton’s campaign unveiled a new video this morning highlighting many of the complimentary things Trump has said about the Democratic candidate in recent years. Why Trump’s primary rivals didn’t make better use of content like this, I’ll never know.
* As the Republican convention wraps up, no one seems to know if the Trump campaign currently has a campaign manager.
* On a related note, Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, denied yesterday that he’s pitching Republican donors on the creation of a new pro-Trump super PAC. Lewandowski later conceded he has an advisory role with such a venture.
* Newt Gingrich argued yesterday that Melania Trump’s plagiarism controversy won’t matter much, in part because she’s “stunningly attractive.” Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) raised a similar point, insisting Melania Trump is “a very pretty woman with that foreign accent of hers.”
* In New Hampshire’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, a new WMUR Granite State Poll shows Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) with a modest lead over incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), 45% to 42%.
* Sen. Richard Burr (R), facing a competitive race in North Carolina this year, said yesterday that if he wins, this will be his last race and he’ll retire at the end of his next term.
* A mysterious group called “SEALs for Truth” is jumping into Missouri’s gubernatorial race, cutting a check for nearly $2 million in support of Eric Greitens’ Republican candidacy. All of the money comes by way of undisclosed donors. The state’s gubernatorial primary is Aug. 2 (thanks to my colleague Laura Conaway for the heads-up).
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