Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* As hard as this may be to believe, 121 members of Congress running for re-election this year currently have more cash on hand than Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
* As if Trump’s team weren’t already tiny enough, adviser Michael Caputo resigned yesterday after saying something unkind about former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
* On a related note, Lewandowski was escorted from Trump campaign headquarters yesterday by security.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, Team Trump currently has “about 30 paid staff on the ground across the country,” including one field staffer overseeing Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina. [Update: The latest FEC filing indicated that Trump’s entire staff is now over 70 people, including field staff.]
* In Florida, if/when Sen. Marco Rubio announces he’ll run for re-election, he will not clear the Republican primary field. Land developer Carlos Beruff has already spend $4 million of his own money on the Senate race, and yesterday, he said he’s prepared to spend $10 million to $15 million more if necessary.
* Beruff also indicated yesterday that he intends to push Rubio on whether he’ll serve a full term if he runs and wins this year. Rubio is expected to run for the White House again in 2020, which would mean serving only part of a possible second term.
* Speaking of Florida’s U.S. Senate race, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) apparently isn’t too concerned about being tied to President Obama: the Democratic congressman launched a new radio ad yesterday featuring an endorsement from the president.
* And in Missouri’s surprisingly interesting U.S. Senate race, incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt (R) said on Twitter last night that his challenger, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D), “won’t acknowledge the root of threats we face: radical Islam.” Kander responded soon after with a message for Blunt: “I volunteered to serve in Afghanistan to fight radical Islamic terrorism. Think before you tweet.”
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