Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Though every recent poll in Iowa shows Hillary Clinton with double-digit leads over Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic nomination, a new Quinnipiac poll has Sanders with a one-point advantage, 41% to 40%. Vice President Biden is third in the poll with 12% support.
* On a related note, even some Biden allies believe he’s running out of calendar and will need to make a decision about his 2016 plans very soon.
* Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, struggling badly in the Republican presidential race, decided to go after Donald Trump this morning, calling him, among other things, a “narcissist and an egomaniac.”
* Trump, meanwhile, took aim at Carly Fiorina in a Rolling Stone interview, complaining about his rival’s appearance. “Look at that face!” he’s quoted as saying. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! … I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
* Trump also appears to have a new dispute brewing with Ben Carson, after the retired physician questioned Trump’s faith. “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life and that’s a very big part of who I am,” Carson said at a campaign event in California last night. “I don’t get that impression with [Trump]. Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t get that.” Trump responded, “When he questions my faith, and I’m a believer big-league in God, the Bible…I will hit back for that.”
* In a bit of a surprise, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) announced yesterday she will not run for governor in North Dakota next year. This improves Republicans’ odds considerably.
* New Hampshire’s Chris Sununu (R), the son of a former governor and the brother of a former senator, announced this week that he’s running for governor himself next year.
* And in South Carolina, as Rachel noted on the show last night, support for Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R) presidential campaign is so weak, he won’t qualify for a presidential forum next week in his own home state.