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 Jeb Bush leading the Republicans’ 2016 presidential field with 16% support, followed closely by Scott Walker with 13% and Rand Paul at 12%. Mike Huckabee is the only other candidate reaching double digits, running fourth with 10%.
* Arguably more striking, however, is that the same poll shows Hillary Clinton leading each of her likely Republican rivals by double digits in hypothetical general election match-ups. That includes 15-point leads for the former Secretary of State against both Bush and Walker.
* The story surrounding Scott Walker and Ronald Reagan’s Bible took a couple of turns this week – the AP first said the governor fibbed, then the AP said largely the opposite – but the writer for The Progressive who first reported on this is standing by the reporting and yesterday highlighted the differences between the Reagan Library’s political arm and research arm.
* As you’ve probably heard by now, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s desperate shift to the right in the campaign’s closing days worked and he appears to have won another term.
* Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) is resigning his seat at the end of the month, and within a few hours of his announcement, the field of would-be successors took shape. State Sen. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) appears to be the early favorite, thanks in part to the fact that his father, former Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.), held the seat for many years.
* One of Ben Carson’s campaign aides appears to have a provocative history on Twitter, including a message he directed at President Obama in which the aide, Jim Dornan, told him to “bend over bitch.”
* Some possible Republican presidential hopefuls – Ted Cruz, Mike Pence, and Rick Perry – will travel to Las Vegas next month in the hopes of impressing GOP mega-donor and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. They’ll be joined by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who’s facing a tough re-election fight.
* Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who’s also the Democratic National Committee chairwoman, announced yesterday she’ll seek re-election to the House and skip Florida’s U.S. Senate race.
* And former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) continues to take steps towards a likely presidential campaign, yesterday hiring Rania Batrice to oversee his operation in Iowa.