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:
* Donald Trump told NBC News this morning that he expects to “win the Latino vote,” thanks to his incredible job-creation powers. “I have a great relationship with the Mexican people,” the Republican presidential candidate added. “They love me, I love them.” No, seriously, that’s what he said.
* Hillary Clinton hasn’t gotten into too many policy specifics lately, but when it comes to Puerto Rico’s debt problems, she’s endorsed a precise way forward. The Democratic frontrunner supports a combination of municipal bankruptcy and expanded health-care spending.
* Voters in Illinois’ 18th district – the second most Republican-friendly district in the state – went to the polls yesterday to vote in congressional special-election primaries. State Sen. Darin LaHood (R), son of former Rep. Ray LaHood (R) ,was the big winner and is all but certain to replace former Rep. Aaron Schock (R) in Congress.
* Four days after FBI agents executed search warrants at Allentown City Hall, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski (D) has decided to suspend his U.S. Senate campaign.
* We’re accustomed to thinking about super PACs blanketing the airwaves with commercials, but they’re now branching out into field operations and building voter lists.
* Speaking of money in politics, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) announced yesterday he raised $2 million in the second quarter, just under the $2.2 million raised by his challenger, former Sen. Russ Feingold (D).
* Campaigning in New Hampshire yesterday, Ben Carson became the latest GOP presidential candidate to sign Grover Norquist’s “no new taxes” pledge.
* And as Rachel noted on the show last night, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) will kick off his second Republican presidential campaign early next month, bringing the total number of GOP candidates to 17. More than half of that total will be current or former governors.