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:
* In Iowa, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Scott Walker continuing to lead the Republican field with 18%, followed by Donald Trump and Ben Carson who are tied for second with 10% each. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are right behind them with 9% each, followed by Jeb Bush at 8% and Marco Rubio with 7%. Mike Huckabee, once thought a major power in Iowa, is in eighth place.
* A new national CNN poll shows Bush leading his rivals with 17%, followed by Trump at 12%. Carson and Rand Paul are tied for third with 8%, followed by Rubio at 7% and Scott Walker at 6%.
* The same poll showed Hillary Clinton with sizable leads over GOP candidates in hypothetical match-ups, with the Democratic frontrunner leading Bush by 13 points, Chris Christie by 19 points, Rubio by 17 points, and Walker by 19%. The Democrat’s biggest advantage comes against Trump, whom she leads by 25 points.
* In Michigan, the latest PPP survey shows Walker leading the pack with 15%, while Bush, Carson and Trump are tied for second with 14%. No other candidate reaches double digits.
* The same poll shows Clinton with a 32-point advantage over Bernie Sanders among Michigan Democrats. She also leads the Republican candidates in hypothetical match-ups by margins ranging from 3 to 10 points.
* At an event in Maine this morning, scandal-plagued Gov. Paul LePage (R) endorsed scandal-plagued Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) presidential campaign. For Christie, the former chairman of the Republican Governors’ Association, it’s the first endorsement since yesterday’s launch.
* Donald Trump, who learned today that Macy’s is ending its business relationship with the GOP candidate, is standing by his allegation that Mexican immigrants are rapists. “It’s totally accurate,” Trump told Fox News yesterday.
* And if you’re waiting for the official word from former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) about his presidential plans, he said yesterday he’ll officially announce his intentions “within the next few days.”