Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The new Quinnipiac poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump nationally by four points, 45% to 41%. When third-party contenders are added to the mix, Clinton’s advantage shrinks to 40% to 38%.
* Among Democrats, the same poll shows Clinton now leads Bernie Sanders nationally, 53% to 39%. That’s up slightly from the 12-point lead Clinton had in this poll in March.
* In New York, a new Siena poll shows Clinton leading Trump in a general election match-up, 52% to 31%.
* In New Jersey, the latest Monmouth University poll shows Clinton leading Trump by just four points, 38% to 34%, with 11% preferring a third-party candidate.
* Asked yesterday why he went after New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) last week, Trump told reporters, “She was not nice. And I was fine – just a little bit of a jab. But she wasn’t nice, and you think I’m going to change? I’m not changing, including with her.”
* Asked yesterday why he went after the federal judge presiding over the “Trump University” case, Trump also told reporters, “Why antagonize? Because I don’t care.”
* Add Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to the list of Republicans urging Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to break his promise and run for re-election despite telling voters he wouldn’t.
* A group of Colorado voters filed suit late last week to block Jon Keyser’s (R) Senate candidacy, pointing to 60 ballot signatures they claim are fraudulent.
* And according to Rick Wiley, Trump’s former national political director, the Republican candidate hired him “without ever having a conversation with him,” and then fired him without ever having a conversation with him.