Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* On Fox News last night, Donald Trump said of his immigration plans, “There certainly can be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people.” Beyond vague statements like these, however, no specific changes have been made to the Republican candidate’s platform.
* In Missouri, the latest Monmouth University poll shows a surprisingly close presidential race in the Show-Me State, with Trump narrowly leading Hillary Clinton, 44% to 43%. Missouri has voted Republican in each of the last four cycles.
* On a related note, that same poll found incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt (R) ahead by five over Jason Kander (D), 48% to 43%.
* As for Missouri’s gubernatorial race, Monmouth found state Attorney General Chris Koster (D) with a surprisingly large 11-point advantage over businessman Eric Greitens (R), despite most other recent polling showing a far more competitive contest.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, the latest PPP poll out of Utah, where Clinton recently opened a campaign office, found Trump ahead, 39% to 24%.
* Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s (R) new ad in New Hampshire seems quite similar to an ad Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) ran in North Dakota in 2012.
* The Koch network hasn’t taken much of an interest in the presidential race, but it’s launched a new attack ad in Ohio blasting Clinton and Senate hopeful Ted Strickland (D).
* Republicans pounced yesterday when former Sen. Evan Bayh (D), hoping to reclaim his old seat, told reporters his home in Indiana is located on “Canterbury Court,” though it’s actually found on “Canterbury Square.”
* Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) isn’t just a member of the GOP’s #NeverTrump caucus; he’s also urging party officials to give up on Trump and invest in congressional races.
* Bernie Sanders is poised to launch a new progressive organization, called Our Revolution, but the entity is off to a rough start. After former campaign manager Jeff Weaver was brought on to help run the group, several staffers quit.
* A new election forecast from the New York Times gives Democrats a 60% chance, at least at this point in the cycle, of reclaiming the Senate majority.
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