Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* To the delight of the Republican establishment, Indiana Republicans backed Rep. Todd Young in last night’s GOP Senate primary. He defeated Rep. Marlin Stutzman and will now face former Rep. Baron Hill (D) in November.
* In a Monmouth poll that will be released any second now, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders in New Jersey, 60% to 32%. Given that Sanders would need to win the state’s primary by more than 30 points if he still hopes to catch the Democratic frontrunner, the poll isn’t good news for the senator.
* Before anyone suggests Donald Trump could put New York in play this year, consider this new Siena poll, which shows Hillary Clinton leading Trump in a general election match-up, 56% to 30%.
* Last fall, former Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) described Trump as “an unserious, unstable, narcissistic egomaniac.” Yesterday, however, the Louisianan said he’s now prepared to vote for Trump.
* Add Sen. Roy Blunt (R) of Missouri to the list of nervous Republicans who’ll skip this year’s Republican National Convention.
* In an editorial in Bernie Sanders’ home town, the editorial board of the Burlington Free Press urged the senator to wrap up his presidential campaign in light of his seemingly insurmountable odds. Sanders’ campaign, the newspaper added, “is becoming more like a cult of personality.”
* It’s still fairly early in the cycle, but the new television ad from Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), a Senate hopeful in New Hampshire, is one of the season’s more emotionally powerful spots.
* In West Virginia, the latest PPP poll, conducted a few days ago, shows Trump and Sanders well positioned to win next week’s primary.
* Mark Salter, who served as John McCain’s top aide for several years, acknowledged yesterday that he intends to vote for Hillary Clinton.
* Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R), who’s running for Congress this year, said the other day that she’d never point a gun at a police officer, “unless they pointed their firearm at me.” The Republican candidate added, “Now once you point your firearm at me, I’m sorry, then it becomes self-defense. Whether you’re a stranger, a bad guy, or an officer, and you point your gun at me and you’re gonna shoot me and I have to decide whether it’s my life or your life, I choose my life.” (Public Service Announcement: if a police officer points a gun at you, please follow his or her directions and do not point a gun back at the officer.)