Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.* Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's campaign manager, was asked yesterday on MSNBC about her candidate criticizing the appearance of some of the women who accused him of sexual misconduct. "It's not how I would answer the question," Conway conceded.* Though Team Trump appeared prepared to give up on Virginia as recently as last week, the Republican campaign is apparently now launching a $2 million investment in the commonwealth, despite polls showing Hillary Clinton well ahead.* After the Clinton campaign released a video criticizing Trump's associations with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Jones responded yesterday by reiterating his belief in 9/11 conspiracy theories. Perhaps most notably, Jones added, "Trump knows about 9/11."* During a debate in Florida last night, Marco Rubio was pressed on whether or not he'll serve a full six-year term, ruling out an expected presidential campaign in 2020. The incumbent senator's answer wasn't quite as direct as it should have been.* In North Carolina's closely watched U.S. Senate race, the new CNN poll found incumbent Sen. Richard Burr (R) ahead by only one point over Deborah Ross (D), 48% to 47%.* The same poll found Catherine Cortez Masto (D) with a surprisingly healthy seven-point lead over Joe Heck (R) in Nevada's U.S. Senate race, 52% to 45%.* A guy in California joked over the weekend that he's an Ohio mailman who's been "ripping up absentee ballots that vote for Trump." Conservative media embraced the joke as real, including Rush Limbaugh, who condemned major news organizations for failing to take the story seriously.* The Republican National Committee has reached out to party officials in Alabama, urging them to volunteer to work in nearby Florida in the election season's closing weeks (thanks to my colleague Laura Conaway for the heads-up).* Wendy Day, a prominent figure in the Michigan Republican Party, was ousted from her post yesterday for refusing to support Trump's presidential campaign.* And Libertarian presidential hopeful Gary Johnson will apparently pursue non-electoral endeavors after this year's presidential campaign wraps up. Working from the assumption that he's not going to win in November, the former governor said yesterday, "This will be my last attempt at elected office."
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