Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* If you’re waiting for Donald Trump to apologize for giving out Lindsey Graham’s private cell-phone number, stop. “I did it for fun,” Trump told Fox News this morning. Trump added, in reference to Graham, “He calls me names, you have to fight back.”
* Though national polling shows Hillary Clinton faring pretty well in hypothetical matchups against leading Republicans, new Quinnipiac polling paints a different picture at the state level. The new results show Clinton trailing Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker in in Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia – three states President Obama won twice.
* Though Scott Walker’s presidential campaign is still too new to have real fundraising totals, some affiliated entities, including a super PAC, have reportedly raised $26 million for the Republican Wisconsin governor.
* Speaking of fundraising, Jeb Bush, in his first two weeks as an official candidate, reportedly received contributions from “at least 136 top-tier donors to his brother, former President George W. Bush, signaling that the family’s vaunted fundraising network is quickly mobilizing to push a third Bush presidency.”
* Scott Walker has apparently scheduled a motorcycle tour of New Hampshire, and he’ll be accompanied for part of it by former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R), whose Senate bid in the Granite State failed last year.
* A year ago, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R) political operation in Kentucky called Matt Bevin a “con man” who lies “pathologically.” This week, McConnell agreed to hold a fundraiser in support of Bevin’s gubernatorial campaign.
* And in Florida, former Gov. Charlie Crist is reportedly poised to kick off a U.S. House race in a Tampa-area district. A final decision will depend on how new congressional district lines are drawn in response to a court order.
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