Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* This is an unintentionally amazing sentence: “If he runs again in 2016, [Mitt] Romney is determined to re-brand himself as authentic.”
* A new USA Today/Suffolk University Poll found Republican voters nationwide preferring Romney as their presidential nominee, but he’s struggling with an embarrassingly low 16%. Jeb Bush is second with 13%, and while no other candidate is close to double digits, Ben Carson is third with 6%. [45% are undecided]
* The same poll asked Democratic voters about their party’s preferred nominee and Hillary Clinton was the clear favorite with 51%. Elizabeth Warren and Vice President Biden are around 5% each, while 31% of Democrats say they’re undecided.
* In a quote that will no doubt make the rounds in GOP circles, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was asked about 2016 hopes, and referencing Mitt Romney, Pelosi said, “Let me put it this way – I hope he’s their nominee.”
* Politico reports that social conservatives in Iowa are “determined” to have each of the Republican presidential hopefuls denounce marriage equality, regardless of what happens at the Supreme Court later this year.
* Bob Ehrlich, a former one-term governor of Maryland who also served four terms in Congress, is apparently serious about launching a Republican presidential campaign. He’d obviously be a longshot, but Ehrlich has been far more successful at the ballot box than Romney.
* Fark.com founder Drew Curtis announced yesterday that he’s running an independent gubernatorial campaign in his home state of Kentucky. Heather Curtis, Fark’s COO and Drew’s wife, will apparently be his running mate.
* And in Chicago’s mayoral campaign, President Obama is throwing his support behind incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was, of course, the president’s White House chief of staff in 2009 and 2010.
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