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:
* Voters in Mississippi’s 1st District held a special congressional election yesterday, and elected local District Attorney Trent Kelly (R) to replace the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R), who died earlier this year. Kelly defeated Democrat Walter Zinn by 38 points.
* Appearing in Florida yesterday, Mike Huckabee said of Gov. Rick Scott (R), “Anything I can do to suck up to him and his donors, by God I want to do.”
* Huckabee was also confronted yesterday with reports of some unfortunate attempts at humor he made earlier this year on transgender issues. “Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE,” Huckabee said. “I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.’”
* To Jeb Bush’s disappointment, and Rand Paul’s delight, Nevada will stick with its presidential caucus system, rather than shift to a primary. The state will hold its nominating contest early next year, following Iowa and New Hampshire.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, Bernie Sanders is pushing for more debates, not just between the Democratic presidential candidates, but also bipartisan debates featuring candidates from both parties.
* Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will make a “major announcement” – presumably launching his longshot presidential campaign – on the morning of June 24.
* Though Scott Walker made clear last week that he probably won’t try to compete in Florida against Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, the Wisconsin governor said at a forum in Orlando, “If I didn’t think I could compete, I wouldn’t be here today.” He added, “If I chose to be a candidate, I’d spend a lot of time here.”
* Jeb Bush told reporters yesterday his 2016 decision is “coming real soon.” One can only imagine what he’ll decide to do. (Spoiler: he’s running for president.)
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