Wednesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 8.31.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
 
* According to an NBC News report, prosecutors in Florida are investigating the voter registration of Donald Trump’s campaign CEO, Stephen Bannon.
 
* Trump is scheduled to appear at the predominantly black Great Faith Ministries in Detroit this weekend, but according to the Detroit Free Press, the Republican candidate is not expected to actually speak to the congregation directly.
 
* Reflecting on the bizarre controversy surrounding Trump’s personal physician and his over-the-top letter describing the Republican candidate’s health, Tim Kaine said yesterday, “[T]his is either too funny to be true or too true to be funny, I can’t decide.”
 
* The latest Monmouth University poll shows Hillary Clinton up by eight points over Trump in Pennsylvania, 48% to 40%. The same results found for Libertarian Gary Johnson with 6% and Green Party nominee Jill Stein with 1%.
 
* The same Monmouth poll showed Katie McGinty (D) leading incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R) in Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race, 45% to 41%.
 
* In Indiana, Senate hopeful Todd Young (R) was asked whether he’s comfortable giving the nation’s nuclear codes to Trump, whose candidacy the congressman supports. Young refused to answer the question directly.
 
* It still seems unlikely that Clinton will defeat Trump in Utah, but note that the Clinton campaign launched a direct-mail piece in the state this week, calling Trump “unfit and unprepared” for the presidency.
 
* And Newt Gingrich is still carrying millions of dollars in debt from his failed 2012 presidential campaign. The former Republican House Speaker wants the Federal Election Commission to approve a plan in which Gingrich would repay “none of the money he owed.” The FEC isn’t going along.
 
 
 

Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 8.31.16