Tuesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 3.31.15

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:
 
* A new 2016 Quinnipiac poll offers some strange results. The survey focused specifically on Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, where Hillary Clinton fares pretty well, though she trails Jeb Bush in Florida by three, 45% to 42%, and trails Rand Paul in Pennsylvania by one, 45% to 44%.
 
* Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who’ll be on “The Rachel Maddow Show” tonight, talked to NBC’s Savannah Guthrie earlier, and when asked about 2016, the senator said, “No. I am not running and I am not going to run.” That settles that.
 
* One of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) lawsuits against Common Core educations standards – a policy he supported until he learned the GOP base’s position – was thrown out of court yesterday. The unannounced Republican presidential candidate has vowed to appeal.
 
* Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has made no secret of his White House ambitions, and his team announced late yesterday that the senator will launch his presidential campaign in Miami on April 13.
 
* Rubio’s official kickoff will likely come six days after Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) launch, which is scheduled for April 7.
 
* With a week remaining before the runoff mayoral election in Chicago, a Chicago Tribune poll shows incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel with a big lead over challenger Chuy Garcia, 58% to 30%. I’d note, however, that polling a mayoral runoff election with modest turnout is inherently tricky.
 
* And former one-term Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) continues to tell people he’s likely to run for president, “What makes me different? As the former governor of Virginia, I actually ran one of the major states in this country,” he said the other day. “Secondly, none of the other potential candidates knows anything about foreign policy, whereas I do.” Gilmore briefly ran for president in 2008, but after he failed to gain traction, he transitioned to a U.S. Senate bid, which he lost by a whopping 31 points.
 

Tuesday's Campaign Round-Up, 3.31.15