Wednesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 10.12.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* A federal judge this morning extended Florida’s voter-registration deadline to Tuesday, Oct. 18. Gov. Rick Scott (R) had denied requests to extend the date to accommodate those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

* In the latest Donald Trump controversy, BuzzFeed reports that four women “who competed in the 1997 Miss Teen USA beauty pageant” said Trump walked into the dressing room while contestants were changing. Some were as young as 15 at the time.

* Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), one of the most ardent social conservatives in Congress, said this morning on Twitter, “Given the stakes of this election, if Paul Ryan isn’t for Trump, then I’m not for Paul Ryan.” (For the record, Ryan still endorses Trump, and by all appearances, intends to vote for him.)

* On a related note, Donald Trump told Fox News last night that if he’s elected president, Paul Ryan may no longer remain as Speaker of the House. “Maybe he’ll be in a different position,” the presidential candidate said.

* It’s not just Paul Ryan; Trump is also lashing out directly at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in ways that may affect the senator’s re-election bid.

* Some Republican megadonors who’ve contributed to Trump’s campaign are starting to ask for their money back.

* Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has decided to stick with his support for Trump’s candidacy, as have Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson (R) and Indiana’s Todd Young (R), both of whom are in tough Senate races this year.

* Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), however, appears to be the only Republican senator on the ballot this year who refuses to tell voters which presidential candidate he supports. As of this morning, the Republican incumbent may very well keep his preference secret through Election Day.

* And as Rachel noted on the show last night, the Clinton campaign released four new ads this week – one, two, three, four – featuring Republican voters explaining why they’re backing Clinton this year over Trump.



Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 10.12.16