Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, a 38% plurality of Republican voters nationwide believe Donald Trump has "the best chance" of winning the general election next year. Ben Carson is second with 22%.
* Rush Limbaugh defended Trump's bogus claims about 9/11 celebrations yesterday, with the radio host telling his audience that the Republican candidate made a good point, "regardless of the specific details."
* The first anti-Trump ad from John Kasich's super PAC was released yesterday, and as NBC News' report explained, it highlights a series of provocative remarks from the New York developer, including his boast that he has a great relationship with "the blacks," the boast that he'd date his daughter if she weren't his daughter, and the time he questioned John McCain's status as a "war hero."
* Mike Huckabee, who apparently is still running for president, said yesterday that President Obama's "new domestic terrorism plan probably requires Americans to memorize Koran verses." Dear Beltway pundits who told the public Huckabee is a great guy: you were wrong.
* In fundraising news, the RNC easily outpaced the DNC in October, $8.7 million to $4.5 million.
* In endorsement news, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio each increased their overall totals by one yesterday, with both Republicans adding one U.S. House member.
* And Ben Carson recently told C-SPAN how impressed he is by Thomas Jefferson, among all the Founding Fathers, because of the way Jefferson "tried to craft our Constitution." For the record, Jefferson wasn't even in the United States when the Constitution was written, though he's credited with writing the Declaration of Independence.