Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Hillary Clinton picked up an endorsement yesterday from NARAL, which eight years ago threw its support to Barack Obama.
* The Field Poll, considered the gold standard in California polling, shows Ted Cruz taking the lead among Golden State Republicans. The senator leads the GOP field with 25%, followed by Donald Trump at 23%. Marco Rubio is third with 13%. Carly Fiorina, who ran a failed Senate campaign in California, is tied for seventh place with just 3%.
* Marco Rubio continues to make strides in picking up establishment, inside-the-Beltway endorsements, today receiving support from House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).
* Mike Huckabee’s longtime communications director, Alice Stewart, quit his campaign last month, but she’s landed on her feet: Stewart has joined Ted Cruz’s team.
* Chris Christie, annoyed by new attacks ads from Rubio’s super PAC, said yesterday, “I just don’t think Marco Rubio’s going to be able to slime his way to the White House. He wants to put out a whole bunch of negative ads? Go ahead. I hope that he will acknowledge at some point that I couldn’t care less.”
* Speaking of Christie, the New Jersey governor hasn’t made much of an effort in Iowa, but that’s starting to change.
* South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has agreed to deliver her party’s response to President Obama’s final State of the Union address. As Bobby Jindal can attest, a gig fraught with risks.
* In a bit of a surprise, Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), a former DCCC chairman, announced yesterday that he’s retiring at the end of this Congress.
* And Marco Rubio’s choice of footwear, of all things, is drawing unexpected scrutiny from campaign reporters and at least one of the senator’s key rivals.