Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In a bit of a surprise, Donald Trump now says he’d be delighted if House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) stayed on as chairman of the Republican National Convention.
* On a related note, Trump told the Associated Press that he’s narrowed his list of possible running mates to “five or six people.” He didn’t rule out New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who was tapped this week to head Trump’s transition planning.
* As for the process of narrowing this list of “five or six people” to one, the vetting process for Team Trump will reportedly be led by Corey Lewandowski, the former campaign manager.
* Reports that Ben Carson would lead the VP search committee were incorrect: the former candidate reportedly left the vetting team this week.
* Though Oregon is expected to be one of Bernie Sanders’ strongest states in the closing weeks of the Democratic presidential race, a new statewide poll actually shows Clinton leading the senator in Oregon, 48% to 33%. It’s hard to know whether or not this is an outlier, since there have been so few other polls in the state.
* Though ostensibly still neutral, Vice President Biden said yesterday that he’s “confident” Clinton will be the Democratic presidential nominee, adding, “and I feel confident she’ll be the next president.”
* Add Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) to the list of notable Republican officials who’ve decided to skip the party’s national convention this year.
* And after Trump won the Massachusetts primary easily in February, his campaign said he hoped to make the state competitive in November. It’s time to start lowering expectations: a new Boston Globe poll shows Clinton leading Trump in the Bay State, 55% to 31%.