Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* For some reason, Donald Trump thought it’d be a good idea to describe Hillary Clinton as a “bigot” last night at a campaign rally in Mississippi.
* In North Carolina, the latest CNN poll shows Clinton leading Trump by just one point, 44% to 43%, while a Monmouth University poll points in a very similar direction, with Clinton ahead, 44% to 42%.
* On a related note, the CNN poll showed incumbent Sen. Richard Burr (R) narrowly leading Deborah Ross (D) in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, 49% to 46%. Monmouth found Burr with a slightly smaller advantage, 45% to 43%.
* As for North Carolina’s gubernatorial race, Monmouth’s poll found incumbent Gov. Pat McCrory (R) in real trouble: he’s now trailing state A.G. Roy Cooper (D), 52% to 43%.
* In Arizona, which has supported the Republican presidential ticket in 15 of the last 16 elections, CNN’s poll showed a fairly competitive race, with Trump leading Clinton, 43% to 38%.
* Despite internal staffing issues, Bernie Sanders officially launched the “Our Revolution” organization last night, which will be led in part by his former campaign manager, Jeff Weaver.
* The Vermont senator, despite his alliance with the Democratic Party during his presidential campaign, is also reportedly “leaning toward seeking re-election as an independent” in 2018.
* Ed Rollins, the chairman of a super PAC supporting Trump, conceded yesterday that the Republican nominee would lose if the election were held today.
* Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) apparently will not apologize for arguing that President Obama is acting like the “drug dealer in chief.”
* Rudy Giuliani has new proof of Clinton health conspiracy theories: she took a bathroom break during a debate during the Democratic primaries.