Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been neutral in the presidential race, but this morning the former House Speaker formally endorsed Hillary Clinton.
* Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders’ only Senate supporter, suggested this morning that he sees the Democratic race as effectively over, too. “We have to be unified to take on Trump. And that unity is going to begin today as soon as the polls close,” Merkley said.
* Donald Trump boasted on Fox News last night about his record on women: “I was the one that really broke the glass ceiling on behalf of women more than anybody in the construction industry.”
* RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has reportedly spoken to Donald Trump directly about his recent racist rhetoric, presumably urging the candidate to change course. Priebus’ previous efforts to direct Trump to smarter ground haven’t had much of an effect.
* President Obama is reportedly eager to endorse Clinton, and an announcement may come as early as this week. He spoke to Sanders by telephone over the weekend.
* Sanders has no choice but to rely on Democratic super-delegates, urging them to give him the nomination despite his deficit among pledged delegates, but there’s little evidence thus far of the senator reaching out to lobby these party insiders directly.
* Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of the handful of congressional Republicans who’s refused to endorse Trump, is now urging his Republican colleagues who have backed Trump to rescind their support.
* Concerned about Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s (R-N.H.) re-election prospects, a Republican operation called One Nation, created in part by Karl Rove, is launching a $4.6 million ad campaign intended to boost the GOP senator’s chances.
* And failed Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee said in a radio interview late last week that members of the Republican establishment are “getting spanked,” but they “need to be happy they’re only getting spanked and not executed.”