Tuesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 11.1.16

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

* The ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll now shows Donald Trump inching past Hillary Clinton nationally, 46% to 45%. (For what it’s worth, the same tracking poll, with one week remaining ahead of Election Day, also showed Mitt Romney and John Kerry in the lead in their respective races. Both lost.)

* On the other hand, the NBC News/SurveyMonkey tracking poll shows Clinton leading Trump by six, 47% to 41%, which is unchanged from a week ago.

* In Pennsylvania, a new Franklin and Marshall poll shows Clinton with a big lead in the Keystone State, 49% to 38%. The same poll showed Kate McGinty (D) with a similar lead over incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R), though most other polling shows a much more competitive race.

* In Virginia, a new Washington Post-Schar School poll shows Clinton up by six in the commonwealth, 48% to 42%.

* Clinton’s advantage is effectively identical in the new Fox 2 Detroit/Mitchell Poll in Michigan.

* In Indiana, the latest poll from Monmouth University shows Trump ahead comfortably, but more important is the U.S. Senate race, where the results show a tied race between former Sen. Evan Bayh (D) and Rep. Todd Young (R).

* In Illinois, Sen. Mark Kirk (R) had benefited from an endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign, but after his racially charged outburst at a debate last week, the LGBT-rights organization withdrew its backing.

* George Will continues to use his nationally syndicated column to boost vulnerable congressional Republicans. The latest beneficiary is Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) of New Hampshire.

* Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) reportedly wants Rep. Michael McCaul to take on Sen. Ted Cruz in a Republican primary in 2018. The Texas congressman hasn’t committed, but he sounds interested in the race.

* And add the Financial Times and Variety to the list of publications that don’t ordinarily endorse presidential candidates, but which are formally backing Clinton this year.



Tuesday's Campaign Round-Up, 11.1.16