Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In South Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary, the new PPP poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders, 55% to 34%.
* This Saturday, the week before the South Carolina primary, Nevada Democrats will host their presidential caucus. And while there’s no real polling in the race, Sanders is heavily outspending Clinton in the state, $2.93 million to $1.46 million, which is almost exactly a two-to-one margin.
* Speaking of Nevada, the Republican caucus is coming up a week from today. A Ted Cruz super PAC has made a $573,000 ad buy in the state, where the campaign reportedly has 13 paid staff members and about 75 canvassers.
* Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) endorsed Marco Rubio yesterday. Note, only two of the nation’s Republican governors have endorsed one of the current GOP presidential candidates: Alabama’s Robert Bentley supports John Kasich and Brownback supports Rubio. The remaining Republican governors are staying on the sidelines, at least for now.
* Speaking of Rubio, in the senator’s new television ad, viewers are told it’s “morning again in America.” To prove the point, the commercial shows a boat crossing a harbor – in Canada.
* The headline near the top of Politico’s home page this morning read, “Rubio surges back to electrify South Carolina.” Yes, the media cheerleading really is that bad. A couple of weeks ago, Greg Sargent noted that media figures are “making it absurdly obvious that they want to be able to say Rubio is rising,” to which MSNBC’s Chris Hayes responded, “It’s like watching parents attempt to will their toddler into doing a difficult task.” Rubio’s fifth-place finish in New Hampshire changed nothing.
* And in South Carolina, James Dobson, a leading figure in the religious right movement, is recording robo calls in support of Cruz, telling evangelicals that the Texas Republican is the only credible rival to Donald Trump. “For people of faith, who care about religious liberty, life and marriage, it’s time for us to rally around Senator Ted Cruz,” Dobson says in the message.