Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Amidst a pretty significant staff shake-up, Donald Trump’s national field director has left the Republican’s campaign team.
* Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said yesterday’s he’s “increasingly optimistic that there will actually be a second ballot” at the Republican National Convention. It was an interesting choice of words for a GOP leader who hasn’t endorsed any of the remaining candidates.
* John Kasich was asked yesterday why he’s 1 for 37 in nominating contests so far this year. The governor didn’t seem to appreciate the line of inquiry.
* In a potential problem for the NRSC, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R) conceded late last week that he’s considering a primary challenge to Sen. Jerry Moran (R) in Kansas.
* As corporate sponsors move away from the Republican National Convention, largely to avoid any association with Donald Trump, it’s also hurting the Democratic National Convention at the same time – companies don’t want to be seen supporting one and not the other.
* It’s a striking statistic: of all the money raised by super PACs this election cycle, 41% of the money has come from just 50 mega-donors and their relatives.
* Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) this morning told MSNBC that if Ted Cruz wins the Republican presidential nomination, King will “take cyanide.” The congressman added that he voted for Kasich in today’s primary.