Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Protests against Donald Trump at an event in New Mexico last night turned violent, and there was at least one arrest.
* On a related note, we can apparently remove New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R), the chairwoman of the Republican Governor’s Association, from VP consideration. Martinez steered clear of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee during his trip to New Mexico, and Trump blasted the governor during his speech in Albuquerque.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, Bernie Sanders’ campaign has launched a $1.5 million ad buy in California, two weeks ahead of the state’s Democratic primary.
* Speaking of the Vermont senator, Sanders has also formally requested Kentucky re-canvass last week’s primary results, which showed Hillary Clinton narrowly winning the primary. If the initial tally was incorrect and the taxpayer-funded re-canvassing succeeds, Sanders may net an additional delegate or two.
* Clinton won yesterday’s non-binding primary in the state of Washington yesterday. Though voter turnout was quadruple that of Washington’s caucuses in March, when Sanders prevailed, the primary will not affect the delegate count.
* In the latest Farleigh Dickinson poll in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) approval rating is down to a woeful 26%.
* Sen. Richard Burr (R), facing a tougher-than-expected re-election fight in North Carolina, conceded yesterday that even he isn’t pleased with the state’s new anti-LGBT law. Burr said the state’s Republican legislators “botched what they were trying to do,” and passed a law that “was far too expansive.”
* In a curious twist, Sanders has placed a fierce critic of President Obama on the Democratic Party’s platform committee. Given the president’s overwhelming support within the party, that’s … unexpected.
* And reflecting on this year’s GOP primaries, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told The Guardian this week, “It was not just that we lost, it’s that Donald Trump won.” Good to know.
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