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:
* A new national PPP survey shows Scott Walker leading the Republican presidential field with 17% support, followed by Bush at 15% and Marco Rubio at 13%. Ben Carson is a close fourth with 12%. Mike Huckabee, at 11%, is the only other candidate to reach double digits.
* Among Democrats, PPP also found Hillary Clinton continuing to dominate with 65% support, well ahead of Bernie Sanders’ 9%. Martin O’Malley is third with 5%.
* In Florida, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Clinton leading each of her Republican challengers in hypothetical match-ups, including modest leads over Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush in their home state. Rubio is the most competitive in the state, trialing Clinton by just three points.
* In Ohio, Quinnipiac also shows Clinton leading everyone in the GOP field except Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), who leads the Democratic frontrunner by seven. Kasich, however, fares so poorly nationally that he’s unlikely to even participate in the early Republican debates.
* In Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac finds Republicans in a more competitive position. Though Clinton leads Bush, Huckabee, Walker, and Cruz, she trails Rubio, Paul, and Christie.
* Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) believe it’s “possible” Republicans will head into the 2016 convention without a clear nominee. “It hasn’t happened in a long, long time, but you’ve obviously got a wide field, and if it stays splintered, that could happen,” the Texas senator told Hugh Hewitt.
* Asked about Donald Trump’s entry into the presidential race, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said yesterday, “Well I think I said before, anyone has a chance to win in New Hampshire. The thing about the Republican field right now is it’s obviously a very broad field and it’s got a lot of depth. So I think the more individuals that get in so that the people of New Hampshire and the country have a choice, I think that’s a positive thing.”
* And on a related note, as Rachel noted on the show last night, Donald Trump believes he’s identified his ideal running mate: Oprah Winfrey. I have a hunch she’s not interested.