Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Ted Cruz is scheduled to make a major announcement this afternoon at 4 p.m. (ET). As of now, no one outside his campaign’s inner circle seems to know what the announcement might be.
* In yesterday’s closely watched U.S. Senate primaries, Chris Van Hollen won the Democratic nod in Maryland with relative ease, while Katie McGinty did nearly as well in the Democratic race in Pennsylvania.
* In the latter case, McGinty has already been welcomed to the general election with a new attack ad from the far-right Club for Growth. The incumbent senator, Republican Pat Toomey, was the head of the Club for Growth before getting elected to the Senate.
* Oregon’s official voting pamphlet, featuring the presidential contenders in both primaries, will not include John Kasich – because his campaign “missed a key deadline to submit information to the state.” Oregon is supposed to be one of the governor’s stronger states.
* The American Conservative Union has released its annual rankings for the most and least conservative members of Congress. The new list says Ted Cruz is the Senate’s most far-right member, scoring a perfect 100% rating.
* At a rally in Indiana yesterday, Ted Cruz talked about “Hoosiers” in the same gym where the movie was shot. But in an unfortunate slip-up, while trying to recite a line from the film, the senator referred to the hoop as a “basketball ring.” Maybe he meant “rim”?
* New Jersey’s primary isn’t until early June, but the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll, taken before the latest round of primaries, showed Donald Trump leading the GOP field with 52% support. Kasich was second in the poll with 24%.
* The same poll found Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders among Garden State Democrats, 51% to 42%.