Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Despite some rumors yesterday, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal said yesterday he’s not being vetted as a possible Donald Trump running mate. “If contacted, I would decline consideration for any role,” he added.
* Newt Gingrich said yesterday that if he were offered the vice presidential nomination, he wouldn’t necessarily accept right away – because he has a book and movie coming out.
* On a related note, if Gingrich doesn’t get the nod, the Trump campaign is reportedly eyeing the former House Speaker for a national security position in the Republican administration.
* The AP reported yesterday on the GOP’s troubled field operation: “Ohio Republicans thought they were going to see 220 paid staffers [from the RNC] by May; in reality there are about 50. Plans for Pennsylvania called for 190 paid staffers; there are about 60. Iowa’s planned ground force of 66 by May actually numbers between 25 and 30. In Colorado, recent staff departures have left about two dozen employees, far short of the 80 that were to have been in place.”
* In Nevada, the latest Monmouth University poll, released yesterday, showed Hillary Clinton leading Trump by four points, 45% to 41%.
* On a related note, in Nevada’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, the same poll found Rep. Joe Heck (R) with a two-point advantage over former state Attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto (D), 42% to 40%.
* Tomas Pedro Regalado, the Republican mayor of Miami, talked to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews yesterday about why he will not support Trump in the fall.
* Speaking of Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) raised $2.1 million in the nine days that followed his re-election announcement.
* And the latest Pew Research Center poll featured an amazing tidbit in the crosstabs: in a three-way race pitting Clinton, Trump, and Libertarian Gary Johnson, Trump actually trails Johnson among voters under 30.
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