Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The new NBC News/SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump nationally, 49% to 42%. Last week, the poll showed Clinton ahead by four points.
* Bill Kristol still hopes to find a Republican alternative to the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, and to that end, the GOP pundit helped launch something called Better for America this morning. Its website says, “We are Americans clearing a path to the presidency for an independent presidential candidate who demonstrates honor, lives with integrity, and seeks the best for all citizens.” In practical terms, I have no idea what that means.
* In Wisconsin’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, a new PPP survey shows Russ Feingold (D) leading incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R) by 10 points, 51% to 41%.
* I’m skeptical, but U.S. News’ Robert Schlesinger talked to some Democratic officials, including DCCC Chairman Ray Lujan (D-N.M.), who continue to believe the party has a legitimate chance to win back the House majority.
* The number of notable Republicans endorsing Clinton is quite small, but former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.) joined the club yesterday. “If someone had told me 10 years ago I would do this, I wouldn’t have believed them,” he said.
* On a related note, Meg Whitman, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate and Mitt Romney’s finance co-chair in 2012, is also prepared to support Clinton.
* Trump has told Republican officials he wants athletes and celebrities, not politicians, speaking at the party’s national convention. Looking back at the 2012 convention, Trump said, “One guy spoke for, like, 45 minutes. He never mentioned Romney’s name.” He was apparently referring to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) – who happens to be one of Trump’s highest profile GOP allies.
* And in Nevada, Senate hopeful Sharron Angle, while going after Rep. Joe Heck, her Republican primary rival, accidentally included the wrong website listing in her campaign materials and referred voters to a pornography website.