Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 2.28.19

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

* A federal judge yesterday ordered election officials in Texas to stop, at least for now, their voter-roll purge. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery described the policy as "a solution looking for a problem," adding that the policy "exemplifies the power of government to strike fear and anxiety and to intimidate the least powerful among us."

* Speaking of Texas, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) has reportedly ruled out a 2020 U.S. Senate campaign, and told the Dallas Morning News that he and his family "have made a decision about how we can best serve our country." He'll share that decision "soon."

* And in still more news out of the Lone Star State, a new Quinnipiac poll shows Trump ahead in Texas in hypothetical general election match-ups, though three candidates -- Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and O'Rourke -- are only a point or two behind.

* In news that should alarm some GOP officials, disgraced former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore is reportedly "signaling fresh interest" in launching another U.S. Senate campaign next year.

* Remember the criminal investigation involving former Rep. Scott Taylor's (R) operation in Virginia? It's not over.

* At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this morning, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel was asked what her RNC would do if John Kasich or Larry Hogan ran in a presidential primary against Donald Trump. "They have the right to jump in and lose," McDaniel reportedly replied. "That's fine. They will lose horribly."

* And former Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) tried to defend the electoral college yesterday, arguing that its demise would be bad for white people. He wasn't kidding.