Tuesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 7.21.15

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Asked about the John McCain controversy, Donald Trump said on Fox News last night, “I have respect for Sen. McCain. I used to like him a lot. I supported him. I raised a lot of money for his campaign against President Obama and certainly if there was a misunderstanding, I would totally take that back.”
* The editorial board of the Des Moines Register published a piece last night calling Trump a “feckless blowhard” and urging him to end his Republican presidential campaign.
* The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Hillary Clinton with a 52-point advantage over Bernie Sanders among Democratic voters nationwide, 68% to 16%. When Vice President Biden is added to the mix, Clinton leads with 63%, followed by 14% for Sanders, and 12% for Biden.
* During a live Facebook Q&A yesterday, Hillary Clinton also used the phrase “Black lives matter” in response to a question from the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery.
* The fine folks at NBC’s First Read have crunched the numbers and believe these six Republicans are likely to be excluded from the upcoming debates: Rick Santorum, John Kasich, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, and George Pataki.
* Lindsey Graham said yesterday that Donald Trump is “becoming a jackass.” Though I suspect “jackass” was the word that was supposed to jump out, I got stuck on “becoming.”
* In fundraising news, the Republican National Committee just had “its best ever off-cycle June,” raising $10.1 million last month. The Democratic National Committee raised $6 million over the same period.
* As for the campaign committees, the National Republican Congressional Committee narrowly outraised its Democratic counterparts in June, while at the same time, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterparts.

Tuesday's Campaign Round-Up, 7.21.15