Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* If Donald Trump’s national advantage wasn’t surprising enough, a new WMUR Granite State Poll also shows him leading in New Hampshire with 24% support. Jeb Bush is second with 12% – half of Trump’s backing – while Scott Walker is third with 11%. Bush and Walker combined still fall short of the unexpected frontrunner.
* The new, national Fox News poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders among Democratic primary voters, 51% to 22%. The poll included Vice President Biden, who was a distant third with 13%.
* Following last night’s Senate vote on defunding Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America launched negative ads targeting three vulnerable GOP incumbents facing tough re-election fights next year: New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte, Ohio’s Rob Portman, and Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson. It’s unclear whether the spots will air on TV or whether they’ll exist only online.
* In New Jersey, the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll also found Donald Trump leading among Garden State Republicans with 21% support. Gov. Chris Christie (R) is second, but he only enjoys the support of 12% of his own constituents from his own party.
* Though it didn’t generate much buzz, the latest Marist poll found Hillary Clinton leading each of the top Republican presidential candidates in hypothetical matchups, including a 6-point advantage over Jeb Bush, 7-point lead over Scott Walker, and a 16-point lead over Trump.
* The Democratic Governors Association is reportedly working on a project called “Unrig the Map,” which would create “a fund dedicated to winning races in states where governors have some control over congressional redistricting.” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is reportedly helping spearhead the initiative.
* Facing financial troubles, Rick Santorum’s campaign has reportedly dispatched “several top staffers” to a new super PAC. The list includes the former senator’s campaign manager, Terry Allen.
* And speaking of fundraising, two super PACs supporting Hillary Clinton – Correct the Record and Priorities USA – have reportedly formed “a joint fund-raising committee called American Priorities ‘16.” “If we are going to be successful, we must build a strong, united coalition that works closely together and is focused only on electing Hillary Clinton next November,” Priorities USA’s Guy Cecil said in an email late last week.
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