Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, a new PPP poll of South Carolina Democrats shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders, 72% to 18%. The 54-point advantage is even larger than Clinton’s lead in the last PPP poll in South Carolina – she led by 44 points in September.
* On a related note, Monmouth also polled South Carolina Dems and in a newly released report, it found Clinton leading Sanders by a similar margin, 69% to 21%.
* In New Jersey, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Donald Trump leading the Republican field with 31%, followed by Ben Carson at 16% and Marco Rubio at 15%. Chris Christie is fourth in his home state with just 8% support.
* The same poll found, by a two-to-one margin, New Jersey voters want Christie to quit the presidential race. That includes 40% of Garden State Republicans, who also want the governor to give up on the White House.
* National Review, a conservative magazine, reported yesterday that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has organized a meeting for tomorrow morning in Milwaukee “to discuss changes to the qualification guidelines for future debates.” Among the items on the agenda is settling on “a strategy for convincing the networks to make two changes to their qualification guidelines: raising the cutoff percentage in polling, and using early-state polls instead of national ones.”
* Ted Cruz picked up an endorsement yesterday from Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), a prominent critic of immigration and a far-right congressman who’s discussed impeaching Hillary Clinton on her inauguration day if she’s elected president.
* Lindsey Graham is launching his first television and radio ads of the cycle, which rely heavily on John McCain’s endorsement. Though the size of the ad buy is not yet known – Graham’s fundraising efforts have struggled this year – the commercials are intended to boost the senator in New Hampshire.
* And in Alabama, Sen. Richard Shelby (R) will run for yet another term, though he’ll apparently face some primary rivals. Iraq War veteran Jonathan McConnell, who founded a private maritime security company, kicked off his campaign on Friday. Former state Sen. Shadrack McGill also filed for the primary race late last week.