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 Suffolk University poll in New Hampshire shows Hillary Clinton leading Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by just 10 points, 41% to 31%. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is at 3%, followed by Rhode Island’s Lincoln Chafee, who’s at 1%.
* Speaking of polling, the latest Monmouth survey shows Ben Carson, of all people, leading the Republicans’ presidential field with 11%, followed by Scott Walker at 10%, and Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, who are tied at 9% each. The same poll found 20% of Republicans remain undecided.
* With most of the competitive GOP presidential candidates now having kicked off their national bids, how much longer will we have to wait on Scott Walker to jump in? He’s reportedly eyeing an official launch date of July 13 – still four weeks away.
* As part of his desire to be a power player in his party, Mitt Romney is reportedly partnering with billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson “in the hopes of ensuring that the GOP primary produces a mainstream conservative without any of the mayhem that marked his own race.”
* Hillary Clinton was in New Hampshire yesterday, touting her support for “early childhood education and calling for tax cuts to help middle-class parents pay for child care.” The Democratic frontrunner said her goal is to ensure that “in the next 10 years every 4-year-old has access to high-quality preschool.”
* Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) is apparently still eyeing a possible presidential campaign, telling a radio-show host yesterday, “We’re going to make a decision within the next two weeks.”
* And in Mississippi, by way of my colleague Laura Conway, the Clarion-Ledger reported yesterday on the correspondence that documents “the genesis, and aftermath of a scheme by supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel to photograph U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s late wife, Rose, as she lay in her nursing home bed.” One especially memorable exchange between two of the main players in this fiasco:
Richard Sager: If we give the info to a reporter that you know is gonna be at his event… Then put it out during it. Gotta be a ballsy reporter that’s right wing
John Bert: that is hard to find