Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* According to an NBC News report, Donald Trump's campaign is giving up
on competing in Virginia, a state Republicans won in every presidential election between 1968 and 2004.
* On a related note, Hillary Clinton's campaign is making its own electoral decisions, and eyeing possible expansion
of its efforts in Utah, Arizona, and Georgia, three red states that may be competitive this year.
* Part of the Republican defense of Trump's 2005 comments on sexual assault has been that the rhetoric was just "locker-room talk." Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) has apparently taken the talking points too literally, telling
an audience yesterday Trump's groping remarks were made "in a locker room." (They weren't.)
* Also on the campaign trail yesterday, Rudy Giuliani, in his capacity as a Trump surrogate, said
to a group of supporters, "Hillary, we don't want your socialized medicine. Take it and stuff it up your... I didn't say it!" He's quite the charmer, isn't he?
* In Wisconsin, as Rachel noted on the show last night, the latest Marquette Law School poll
shows Clinton leading Trump in the state by seven, 44% to 37%.
* More surprisingly, the same poll
found former Sen. Russ Feingold (D) leading incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R) by just two, 46% to 44%.
* In Pennsylvania, a new Bloomberg Politics poll
shows Clinton well ahead of Trump, 51% to 42%, thanks to the Democrat's big advantage in the Philadelphia suburbs.
* The same poll
found a more competitive U.S. Senate race, with Katie McGinty (D) leading incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey (R), 47% to 45%.
* In Nevada, PPP now shows
Clinton with a modest advantage over Trump, 47% to 43%.
* The same poll
found Catherine Cortez Masto (D) ahead in Nevada's U.S. Senate race, 43% to 39%, over Rep. Joe Heck (R). read more