Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* For the second time in two weeks, a New Hampshire poll shows Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton. This time, it’s PPP, which shows the Vermont Independent ahead by seven, 42% to 35%. Jim Webb is third with 6%.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, the chairman of Rick Perry’s presidential campaign in Iowa has quit, further reinforcing the perception that the former Texas governor is in deep trouble.
* Anthony Scaramucci, a national finance co-chair for Scott Walker’s campaign, reportedly met with Donald Trump on Monday “and discussed the possibility of leaving the Wisconsin governor’s camp to work for the GOP presidential front-runner’s campaign.” I’d recommend keeping a close eye on stories like these.
* Several major Democratic fundraisers have been “invited to meet with Vice President Joe Biden at his residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory after Labor Day.” Note, however, that many top Obama backers “are now strongly committed to Clinton, and said they would remain so even if Biden jumped in.”
* Scott Walker said Friday there are a “handful of reasonable, moderate followers of Islam who don’t share the radical beliefs that these radical Islamic terrorists have.” Offered a chance to clarify, and note there are more than just a “handful” of moderate Muslims with no interest in radicalism, the Walker campaign declined.
* A new Quinnipiac poll shows Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) with a 61% approval rating in his home state, making him the most popular governor in the Republican presidential race.
* North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) announced yesterday that he will not run for re-election next year. There’s considerable speculation that Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) will throw her hat into the ring.
* And Donald Trump released a new online video yesterday, mocking Jeb Bush by using Jeb’s mother’s words against him.