Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In New Hampshire, a new WBUR poll shows Donald Trump leading in the first primary state with 22% in the race for the Republican nomination. Ben Carson and Marco Rubio are tied for second with 11%, followed by Ted Cruz at 8%. The poll was conducted after Friday night’s terrorist violence in Paris.
* Hillary Clinton yesterday picked up an endorsement from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of the nation’s largest and most politically influential unions. Note, SEIU backed Barack Obama in the 2008 primary, which helped him enormously.
* At a campaign stop in South Carolina yesterday, Jeb Bush said, “It’s like the crabs in the, you know, whatever – the crabs in the boiling water.” After being corrected by a local voter, he added, “The frogs. You think it’s warm, and it feels pretty good and then it feels like you’re in a whirlpool – you know, a Jacuzzi or something.” Bush concluded, “And then you’re dead. That’s how this works.” Good to know.
* A Ted Cruz super PAC is launching a radio ad this week targeting Marco Rubio, and highlighting his co-authorship of an “amnesty scheme” backed by President Obama.
* A new poll from Florida Atlantic University shows Trump with a big lead over his GOP rivals in the Sunshine State, topping the first with 36%. Rubio is second in his own home state with 18%, followed by Carson at 15%. Ted Cruz is fourth with 10%, while Jeb Bush is right behind him at 9%.
* The DNC’s 2014 “autopsy” is now complete – it’s officially called the “Democratic Victory Task Force Report and Action Plan” – and was released yesterday.
* And Salt Lake City, Utah, has elected its first openly gay mayor. Mayor-elect Jackie Biskupski (D) actually won a couple of weeks ago, but the vote count was made official yesterday.