Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* A new poll from Quinnipiac shows Hillary Clinton narrowly leading Donald Trump in Florida, while also showing Trump with narrow leads in Ohio and Pennsylvania. This, naturally, is causing a massive freak-out.
* But before the massive freak-out spins out of control, it’s worth noting (a) Quinnipiac’s sample shows the populations in each of these states becoming whiter and less diverse since 2012, which is the opposite of reality; (b) Quinnipiac’s recent track record has been underwhelming; and (c) at roughly this point in 2012, Quinnipiac showed Mitt Romney ahead in – you guessed it – Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, each of which President Obama won in the fall. Calm down.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is supposed to be the official chairman of his party’s national convention in July, but he’s prepared to give up that role if Trump wants to replace him.
* Speaking of politics in Wisconsin, a Koch brothers attack ad targeting Russ Feingold (D) has been pulled from the state’s airwaves because of inaccuracies. It’s reportedly being edited to correct the falsehoods.
* As recently as two weeks ago, Sen. Pat Toomey (R), facing a tough re-election fight in Pennsylvania, said he intends to “support the Republican nominee” for president. Yesterday, however, Toomey hedged and said on a local radio show that he may remain neutral.
* Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) last year called Trump an “egomaniacal madman.” Yesterday, he wrote an op-ed endorsing Trump anyway.
* In WorldNetDaily, a right-wing conspiracy website, editor-in-chief Joseph Farah yesterday unveiled a new scheme in which California Republicans rally behind Bernie Sanders in next month’s Democratic primary, in order to cause Democratic “chaos.” This effort, Farah wrote, “could actually deny Hillary the nomination and stick the Democrat Party with an avowed socialist at the top of the ticket. Would that be amazing?”
* The deadline for independent presidential candidates to get on the ballot has now passed in Texas and North Dakota. The next state is North Carolina, which has a June 6 deadline.