Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* The latest national CNN poll shows Mike Huckabee leading the Republican presidential field with 16% support, followed by Jeb Bush at 14%, Scott Walker at 11%, and Rand Paul at 10%. No other candidate reaches double digits.
* Also note, in the poll, Bush has seen his support drop sharply, falling from 21% to 14% since a similar poll in January, while Walker has seen his support jump, from 4% to 11%. Chris Christie, who’s running sixth overall, has also seen his support fade, dropping from 13% to 7%. Last month’s CNN poll included Mitt Romney; this one did not.
* The same poll, for what it’s worth, shows Hillary Clinton dominating the Democratic field with 61% support. Elizabeth Warren, who doesn’t appear to be running, was the only other Dem in double digits in this poll, and she had 10%.
* Just a month into the new Congress, the U.S. House will soon have its third vacancy. Rep. Janice Hahn (D) is giving up her seat to run for an open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Her California district is heavily Democratic, and the party seems confident of keeping the seat “blue” in a special election.
* According to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll, a 59% majority of New Jersey voters do not believe their sitting governor, Chris Christie, would make a good president.
* Rand Paul’s fake Pinterest page devoted to Hillary Clinton, described by some as “sexist, unfunny and painfully lame,” has been taken down.
* In Colorado, Quinnipiac found Clinton leads each of her Republican presidential rivals in a hypothetical general election match-up, by margins ranging from two points (against Rand Paul and Scott Walker) to nine points (against Christie).
* Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich (R) is reportedly “studying up on foreign policy and beginning to outline his worldview.” His vision apparently includes sending U.S. ground troops to combat ISIS.
* And in a bit of a surprise, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the chair of the DNC, is considering running in next year’s Senate race in Florida. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is up for re-election, but he appears likely to give up his seat for a White House campaign.