Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In Ohio, which will host a closely watched primary a week from today, PPP’s latest survey shows Hillary Clinton with a sizable lead over Bernie Sanders, 56% to 35%. That includes a 60-point advantage for Clinton among African-American voters in the state.
* American Future Fund, a conservative group financed by secret donors, is launching two new attack ads targeting Donald Trump and featuring veterans.
* Illinois will hold its presidential primaries on March 15, and a new Chicago Tribune poll shows Trump leading the GOP field with 32% support. The remaining candidates aren’t far behind, and the race for second place is competitive.
* On a related note, the far-right Club for Growth intends to spend $2 million on anti-Trump ads in Illinois.
* In Florida, meanwhile, the Trump campaign has launched a new attack ad targeting Marco Rubio with allegations of corruption.
* Speaking of Florida, the editorial board of the Sun Sentinel newspaper announced yesterday that none of the Republican presidential candidates is deserving of an endorsement, including the home-town senator.
* In Sunday night’s debate, Bernie Sanders said white people “don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto, you don’t know what it’s like to be poor.” Yesterday, he tried to clarify the point he intended to make.
* And in New Hampshire, Sen. Kelly Ayotte now has a Republican primary challenger, with former state Sen. Jim Rubens launching a campaign yesterday. It will be Rubens’ second attempt at statewide office following a failed gubernatorial campaign in 1998.
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