Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Did the Democratic debate score as many viewers as the Republican debates? No, but “preliminary Nielsen ratings indicate that CNN’s Tuesday night debate was the highest-rated Democratic debate ever.”
* Carly Fiorina, boosted by a strong debate performance last month, raised $6.8 million in third quarter, which is actually more than Marco Rubio raised over the same three-month period. Fiorina’s haul is nevertheless far short of what Ted Cruz and Ben Carson raised in the third quarter.
* Rand Paul yesterday live-streamed his day on the campaign trail. Towards the end of the day, the senator fielded questions from the public, one of which was, “Is Rand Paul still running for president?” The Republican responded, “I don’t know, I wouldn’t be doing this dumbass live-streaming if I weren’t. So, yes, I still am running for president – get over it.”
* Ben Carson argued last week that he believes marriage equality will lead to polygamy. He added that if Americans ignore the “word of God,” they might as well “toss the whole thing in the garbage.”
* An Atlanta radio host alleged yesterday that Donald Trump’s campaign told him he couldn’t ask the GOP candidate any policy questions during a recent interview.
* The New York Times reported yesterday that Vice President Biden’s aides are “researching filing deadlines to see if he can keep his options open into November.”
* In Pennsylvania, the latest PPP survey shows Trump narrowly leading Carson in the race for the Republican nomination, 24% to 23%. No other candidate reached double digits in the poll, though Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina tied for third in Pennsylvania with 9% each.
* The same survey also polled Democrats in the Keystone State, who backed Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, 40% to 22%. Biden, a Pennsylvania native, was third in the poll with 20%.
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