Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In the wake of yesterday’s major Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights, neither Donald Trump nor his campaign team have said a word about the decision.
* The new online NBC News/Survey Monkey poll shows Hillary Clinton expanding her national lead over Trump to eight points, 49% to 41%.
* Public Policy Polling released a new report this morning with several state-based results. In Wisconsin, Clinton is up by eight points; in Iowa she leads by two points; and in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New Hampshire, Clinton has a four-point advantage in each. The same report, meanwhile, found Trump up by four points in Arizona.
* The Washington Post reported this morning, “Long-time Republican strategists and campaign consultants privately acknowledge they are so certain of Hillary Clinton’s victory – and so worried about its impact on Senate races and GOP control of the Senate – that they are already considering a controversial tactic that explicitly acknowledges Donald Trump’s defeat.”
* In Pennsylvania’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, PPP also found incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R) with a very narrow advantage over Katie McGinty (D), 40% to 39%.
* In Texas, where President Obama lost badly in both of his elections, a University of Texas poll shows Trump leading Clinton by eight points, 41% to 33%.
* In Maine, the latest Portland Press Herald poll shows Clinton leading Trump by seven points, 42% to 35%.
* Asked yesterday to explain Trump’s bizarre comments about Brexit while in Scotland, a spokesperson for the Republican candidate responded by talking about Benghazi.
* Keep an eye on today’s Democratic congressional primary in New York’s 24th district, where Bernie Sanders is backing political novice Eric Kingson in a race against two rivals who enjoy the backing of party officials and elected lawmakers.
* Add Kori Schake, a former senior defense and National Security Council official, to the list of Bush/Cheney administration officials backing Hillary Clinton in 2016.