Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In the latest national Fox News poll, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by six points, 48% to 42%, but that advantage shrinks to just two points when the third-party candidates are added to the mix.
* In Pennsylvania, a new Franklin & Marshall poll shows Clinton up by seven over Trump, 47% to 40%.
* As for Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race, the same poll found Katie McGinty (D) ahead of incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R), 43% to 38%.
* In Wisconsin, which hasn’t backed a Republican ticket in over 30 years, two new polls show a surprisingly competitive presidential race in the Badger State. A Monmouth University poll found Clinton ahead by five points over Trump, 43% to 38%, while a Marquette Law School poll shows Clinton ahead by the same margin, 42% to 37%.
* Those same polls were quite different when looking at Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race, however. While Monmouth found Russ Feingold (D) with a double-digit lead over incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R), 54% to 41%, Marquette found Feingold up by only three points, 48 to 45%.
* Though the Trump campaign recently announced a $10 million ad buy, it looks like the actual investment will be closer to $5 million.
* Mike Fernandez, one of the most generous supporters of Jeb Bush’s super PAC, has a new op-ed in the Miami Herald today, announcing his support for Hillary Clinton.
* Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) was retiring this year anyway, but in light of recent ethics violations, he’ll officially resign from Congress next week. The special election to replace him will be held on Election Day, Nov. 8, and his successor will have a slight head start on the upcoming freshmen lawmakers.