Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Donald Trump joined his son, daughter, and son-in-law for a private conversation with Gov. Mike Pence (R) at his Indiana home this morning. Take a wild guess what they chatted about.
* The NAACP confirmed yesterday that it invited Donald Trump to address the organization’s national conference, but the presumptive Republican nominee declined.
* Reinforcing Quinnipiac’s reputation as the GOP’s new favorite pollster, Quinnipiac’s new swing-state polls shows Trump narrowly leading Hillary Clinton in Florida and Pennsylvania, and tied in Ohio. When third-party candidates are added to the mix, Trump’s lead grows.
* Note, in just five hours, NBC News will have new polls of its own out of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Iowa.
* A new McClatchy-Marist poll shows Clinton leading Trump nationally, 42% to 39%, in a head-to-head match-up. Clinton’s advantage is slightly larger when third-party candidates are added to the mix. (Note of caution: this poll shows Clinton’s support among Latino voters at just 52%. There’s no way that’s correct.)
* In Iowa, the latest Monmouth University poll shows Trump leading Clinton in Iowa, 44% to 42%. Every other recent poll out of Iowa shows Clinton ahead in the state.
* The same poll shows incumbent Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) with a big lead over former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge (D) in Iowa, 52% to 42%.
* Trump sat down with radical TV preacher Pat Robertson yesterday, who told the candidate, “You really love Mexicans, Hispanics. Talk to us about that, because you’re portrayed as a guy who hates Mexicans, but you don’t hate them.” Trump said he’s hired lots of Latino employees, and polls show his support among Hispanic voters going “up, up, up.” (In reality, polls show no such thing.)
* In case there were any doubts, former Sen. Evan Bayh (D) announced this morning that he is, in fact, launching a comeback bid and will run for his old Senate seat this year.
* In Arizona, Sen. John McCain’s Republican primary challenger, Kelli Ward, is recycling an ad Mitt Romney ran against the senator in 2008, tying McCain to Hillary Clinton.
* Bernie Sanders will not file “minority reports” at the Democratic convention, which helps guarantee a smoother process when the party gathers in Philadelphia.
* And in California, the latest Field Poll shows Clinton leading Trump in the Golden State by an almost ridiculous margin, 58% to 28%. When Libertarian Gary Johnson is added to the mix, Clinton’s lead shrinks to a mere 24 points.
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