Wednesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 1.31.18

Updated

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

* Todd Ricketts, who was briefly considered last year for a Trump administration post, will reportedly replace embattled casino magnate Steve Wynn as finance chair of the Republican National Committee.

* According to Gallup’s state-level polling, Donald Trump only reaches 50% support in 12 states. The silver lining for Republicans: many of those states are home to key Senate races in this year’s midterms. (The state where the president has the lowest approval rating? Vermont, where Trump is at 26%.)

* Despite evidence that Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) lied to the public and the police about his physical assault on a journalist last year, the National Republican Congressional Committee has asked him to lead a communications workshop for other Republicans.

* In Ohio, a new PPP survey shows state Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) with a narrow lead over former CFPB Director Richard Cordray (D), 45% to 44%, in this year’s gubernatorial race.

* Someone had the good idea of registering the website NunesMemo.com and having it go directly to the website of Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-Calif.) Democratic challenger, Andrew Janz.

* Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R) ended his gubernatorial campaign this week, citing insufficient funds. Tancredo also ran failed gubernatorial campaigns in 2010 and 2014.

* Though we’re still two years away from Iowa’s 2020 presidential caucuses, Trump’s re-election campaign has prepared a “glossy, 16-page” booklet for those attending 2018 precinct caucuses next week.

* And on a related note, Rep. John Delaney, a relatively obscure Democratic congressman from Maryland, is launching Iowa’s first television ad of the 2020 presidential election cycle. The ad hits Iowa airwaves this weekend after the Super Bowl.