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 the new USA Today/Suffolk poll, Hillary Clinton leads each of her Republican rivals in hypothetical general-election match-ups. Jeb Bush comes closest, trialing by only four points, followed by Marco Rubio who trails by six. Mike Huckabee is down by eight, Scott Walker by nine, and Rand Paul by 10. Clinton’s advantage over Donald Trump is 17 points.
* On a related note, Trump said of Clinton this week, “The last person she wants to face is Donald Trump.” He must have missed the poll.
* A new national Monmouth poll shows Clinton leading Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) among Democrats nationwide by 34 points, 51% to 17%. A month ago, the same pollster showed Clinton’s Democratic advantage at 45 points.
* The new Washington Post/ABC News poll found Hillary Clinton’s favorability ratings trending up in recent months. In May, she was underwater at 45-49 favorable-unfavorable, while the new results show those figures largely reversed at 52-45.
* Donald Trump appeared via phone on msnbc this morning, once again vowing, “I’ll get the Hispanic vote. I have so many thousands that work for me”
* Rick Perry’s super PAC, eager to see the former Texas governor qualify for the debates, is skipping television ad buys in Iowa and New Hampshire, and instead buying “hundreds of thousands of dollars” worth of ad time on Fox News and other national cable channels.
* In fundraising news, Chris Christie’s super PAC raised $11 million in the second quarter, while Mike Huckabee raised $2 million, on top of the $6 million raised by his outside allies.
* Speaking of fundraising, burn rates matter: Ben Carson has had some modest fundraising success, but he’s already reportedly spent half of what he’s raised. That’s generally not a good sign.