Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In the new national Quinnipiac poll, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders among Democratic voters, 61% to 30%. That’s roughly identical to the results last month.
* Donald Trump said of journalists yesterday, “I would never kill them, but I do hate them. And some of them are such lying, disgusting people, it’s true.”
* Fox News announced yesterday that its next debate for Republican presidential candidates will be in Iowa on Jan. 28, just a few days before the Feb. 1 caucuses.
* Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign holds the record for the most financial donations in a presidential race, with more than 2.2 million contributors. Bernie Sanders’ campaign said over the weekend that it has now surpassed that total.
* In South Carolina, Lindsey Graham’s state finance chairman quickly transitioned to Jeb Bush’s team, as did nine other members of the Republican senator’s state-based operation.
* Hillary Clinton will appear in Iowa today to unveil her plan to address Alzheimer’s, including a $2 billion investment in the hopes of finding a cure.
* Ted Cruz yesterday focused again on Marco Rubio’s non-traditional campaign schedule, accusing the Floridian of “hiding from the grassroots” and conducting his 2016 campaign “from a TV studio.”
* Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R), who ran a very unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2012, said he’s received “a lot” of encouragement to run as an independent in 2016, but he’s decided against it. “I’m not ready for a third-party run until we have a complete collapse of the Republican Party that I can still believe in,” he told USA Today.