Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* The new national Quinnipiac poll shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by just two points, 42% to 40%. Looking through the internals, Quinnipiac found Trump doing far better with Hispanic voters than Mitt Romney did, which seems extraordinarily unlikely, and raises questions about the overall results.
* In state polls, CNN reported the results of Ballotpedia’s battleground poll, which combined telephone and online respondents, and which showed Clinton with pretty sizable leads in Florida (+14), Iowa (+4), Michigan (+17), North Carolina (+10), Ohio (+9), and Pennsylvania (+14).
* The Clinton campaign announced this morning she’ll campaign alongside President Obama in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, July 5. It will be their first joint appearance of the cycle.
* In Arizona’s U.S. Senate race, PPP shows incumbent Sen. John McCain (R) leading Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) by only two points, 42% to 40%.
* In Iowa’s U.S. Senate race, PPP shows incumbent Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) leading Patty Judge (D) by seven points, 46% to 39%.
* In New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race, PPP shows Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) leading incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) by two points, 44% to 42%.
* In Ohio’s U.S. Senate race, PPP shows incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R) up by only one over former Gov. Ted Strickland (D), 40% to 39%.
* In Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race, PPP shows former Sen. Russ Feingold (D) with a big lead over incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R), 50% to 37%.
* The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC overseen by the Senate GOP leadership, this week reserved nearly $40 million in airtime in support of Republican Senate candidates. Note, however, which states were part of the buy: New Hampshire, Ohio, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Missouri. The fact that Illinois and Wisconsin aren’t on this list, but Missouri is, raised some eyebrows.
* In Florida, a new state News 13/Bay News 9 poll found Sen. Marco Rubio (R) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) tied at 43% each in their likely upcoming match-up.
* Even though the right-wing conspiracy theories surrounding Benghazi have been discredited, the NRA’s Political Victory Fund is making a $2 million ad buy in support of Donald Trump with a commercial about Benghazi.
* And though it took over a year, the Trump campaign finally hired a communications director this week. The new aide, Jason Miller, had served as the senior communications adviser for Ted Cruz’s campaign, and he’s made some unkind comments about his new boss in the recent past.