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:
* In Kentucky’s Republican gubernatorial primary, Matt Bevin now holds an 83-vote lead over Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, but Comer has asked for a re-canvass. It’s been scheduled for the morning of May 28.
* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) huddled with congressional Republicans on Capitol Hill yesterday, and reportedly told the 75 members on hand “to imagine what they could do with majorities in Congress and a bold conservative in the White House.”
* On a related note, Walker is apparently still getting used to the pressure of a national campaign, complaining to CNN yesterday, “I’m probably the most scrutinized politician in America.”
* After Gov. Chris Christie (R) said his constituents believe he’d be a bad president because they don’t want him to leave New Jersey, the editorial board of the Newark Star-Ledger said the governor “lost his marbles on national TV.”
* On a related note, Christie told New Hampshire voters this week that his “experience” running against Barbara Buono (D) in New Jersey in 2013 helped prepare him for running against Hillary Clinton at the national level. He didn’t appear to be kidding.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, Hillary Clinton, responding to several questions from voters, has instructed her policy team “to draw up solutions to the burgeoning opiate epidemic.”
* Sen. David Vitter (R) isn’t the most popular guy in Congress, but as the far-right Louisianan runs for governor, he’s still picking up support from within his party. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R) threw his support to Vitter yesterday.
* And with so many GOP presidential candidates, is it possible we’ll go into the Republican National Convention next year without a nominee who’s already won the required number of delegates? Jonathan Bernstein considers the possibility. (Note, this is sometimes called a “brokered convention,” but in the modern era, it’s a misnomer – there are no party brokers. It’s better to call it a “deadlocked convention.”)
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