Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is the latest Democratic to enter the 2020 presidential race, and she’ll be on with Rachel tonight to discuss her candidacy in detail.
* She may soon be joined by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes last night that he’ll soon launch a “Dignity of Work” listening tour, which will begin in Cleveland, but which will also make stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.
* On a related note, House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the #3 official in the House GOP leadership, has also called on the far-right Iowan to give up his seat in Congress.
* Donald Trump this morning suggested he sees the shutdown and the related immigration fight as an important part of his re-election campaign, adding a “#2020” hashtag to one of his tweets on the subject this morning. Of course, the president made a similar pitch in the 2018 elections, which clearly didn’t go his party’s way.
* Rep. Seth Moulton’s (D-Mass.) efforts to derail Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as House Speaker didn’t go especially well, but the experience didn’t necessarily undermine the congressman’s ambitions: Moulton has scheduled an appearance in New Hampshire for Feb. 2.
* And despite significant gains in the 2018 elections, Democrats suffered some tough defeats in Florida, prompting many officials to ask a difficult question: is it time to start thinking of Florida less as a swing state and more as a “red” state?