Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Public Policy Polling shows Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders nationally in the race for the Democratic nomination, 55% to 20%. The former Secretary of State’s 35-point lead is identical to the findings of a national PPP survey released a month ago.
* As Rachel mentioned on the show last night, Rick Perry’s operation in Iowa is down to just one staffer. Yesterday, Karen Fesler, Perry’s Iowa co-chair, jumped ship, joining Rick Santorum’s Iowa team.
* Mike Huckabee, who has been both for and against birthright citizenship, now wants everyone to know he’s now open to ending the policy mandated by the 14th Amendment.
* In New Hampshire’s closely watched U.S. Senate race, the latest PPP survey shows incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) with the narrowest of leads over Gov. Maggie Hassan (R), 44% to 43%. The governor has not yet formally announced her 2016 plans.
* In response to reports about slower mail delivery, Bernie Sanders is pushing USPS to improve its overnight delivery (thanks to my colleague Will Femia for the heads-up).
* Last week’s “Draft Biden” event at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting only drew about 15 attendees. Hundreds of DNC members were on hand for the seasonal gathering.
* And the DSCC is still working on recruiting a competitive challenger for Sen. Richard Burr (R) in North Carolina next year, with Democratic officials confident he’s beatable. Among those who’ve met with the DSCC are former state Rep. Deborah Ross (D) and Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey (D), an Army veteran.