Wednesday’s Campaign Round-Up, 9.21.16

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* In August fundraising, the Clinton campaign and its allies once again outpaced the Trump campaign and its allies.

* In Florida, the latest Monmouth University poll shows Hillary Clinton up by five over Donald Trump, 46% to 41%, in a four-way race. Most other recent surveys show a much tighter race.

* On a related note, the same poll showed Sen. Marco Rubio (R) with a narrow lead over Rep. Patrick Murphy (D), 47% to 45%, in Florida’s U.S. Senate race.

* In North Carolina, PPP’s new poll shows Trump up by two over Clinton,  45% to 43%, though the two are tied at 47% each in a hypothetical one-on-one match-up.

* The same poll found Roy Cooper (D) leading incumbent Pat McCrory (R) in North Carolina’s gubernatorial race, 46% to 41%, and incumbent Richard Burr (R) tied with Deborah Ross (D) at 41% each in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race.

* On Monday, Trump complained that NBC News’ Lester Holt wouldn’t be fair to him in next week’s debate because Holt is a Democrat. After learning that the NBC anchor is actually a registered Republican, Trump changed his mind.

* Clinton has a new op-ed in the New York Times today on her plans to assist America’s poor.

* In Florida, Mike Fernandez, a prominent GOP donor, is investing heavily in a new Hispanic voter-registration drive – with the intention of helping Clinton. “As a lifelong Republican, I cannot support a party I no longer recognize,” Fernandez told Politico.

* Reform America Fund, a Wisconsin-based PAC, was originally created with the sole intention of helping re-elect Sen. Ron Johnson (R), but with his fortunes fading, the outfit is now running anti-Clinton ads in the Badger State.

* Sen. Mark Kirk’s (R) campaign in Illinois describes the senator as an Iraq war “veteran.” That’s not actually true.

* And though I generally pay little attention to entertainment news, Joss Whedon, my favorite director, has created a new PAC called Save the Day, which released this three-minute election video this morning.

Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 9.21.16