Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Just a few days after receiving Donald Trump’s endorsement, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) became the first congressional Republican to lose in a primary this cycle, getting trounced by fellow Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.) after redistricting forced them to run against each other.
* California’s Republican Party is such a mess, this year’s open U.S. Senate race in the state will feature two Democrats and no GOP candidate: Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez were the top two vote-getters in yesterday’s primary.
* Delivering remarks last night after his latest primary wins, Donald Trump relied on a script shown on a teleprompter, despite months of rhetoric in which he mocked politicians for using teleprompters.
* Republican Warren Davidson won a congressional special election in Ohio yesterday, and will fill the vacancy left by former House Speaker John Boehner.
* Bernie Sanders reportedly does not want Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) to be Clinton’s running mate, despite his progressive bona fides, because Sanders is “bitter” about the Ohio Democrat supporting Clinton’s candidacy.
* Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the Senate’s only African-American Republican, said yesterday that Trump’s recent rhetoric has been “racially toxic.” The South Carolina added he’s supporting Trump’s presidential candidacy anyway.
* In Florida, where Sen. Marco Rubio (R) lost his home-state presidential primary by 20 points, the latest PPP poll shows the Republican senator with a woeful 32% approval rating. If he were to break his word and seek another term, the same poll shows Rubio narrowly trailing Rep. Patrick Murphy (D), 44% to 43%.
* A reporter asked Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), the current DSCC chair, about Clinton possibly choosing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as a running mate. “Is the country ready for two women? I don’t know” he responded. Soon after Tester reversed course, saying Warren would “make a great running mate, absolutely.”
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