Tuesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 10.11.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* If CNN’s report is accurate, and the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA is getting ready to shift its focus from the presidential race to competitive Senate races, Republicans have reason to worry.

* Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) refused to extend the state’s voter-registration deadline last week, despite Hurricane Matthew. Yesterday, a federal judge reversed the decision, extended the deadline, and called Scott’s decision “irrational.”

* Speaking of the Sunshine State, Al Gore is scheduled to campaign in Florida this afternoon, with a joint appearance at Miami Dade College.

* Clinton headlined a rally in Ohio yesterday, where attendance reportedly reached 18,000 people, making it one of Clinton’s largest events of the year.

* Though there were some reports over the weekend that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) would once again reverse course and drop his support for Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy, the Republican senator insisted yesterday he’s still backing his party’s nominee.

* RNC spokesperson Sean Spicer was asked about Trump’s latest controversy and whether the candidate’s comments amounted to sexual assault. “I don’t know,” Spicer was quoted as saying. “I’m not a lawyer.” Though the Republican official later said the quote was inaccurate, an audio recording of Spicer’s comments verified the report.

* Betsy McCaughey, a prominent Trump surrogate, said on CNN last night that it’s hypocritical of Clinton to criticize Trump’s language on sexual assault because Clinton likes Beyonce. (I didn’t understand this, either, but apparently the Republican’s supporters are getting a little desperate.)

* As of this morning, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is still afraid to tell anyone whom he supports in the presidential race, but the incumbent senator hasn’t ruled out backing Trump.

* The Latin Builders Association, for the first time in its 45-year history, has endorsed the Democratic ticket. The Wall Street Journal, describing the association as “a prominent Miami-based group of Hispanic builders,” pointed to the decision as “the the latest sign of the GOP’s loosening grip on Florida’s Cuban-American community.”



Tuesday's Campaign Round-Up, 10.11.16