Clinton Losing Ground with Sanders Supporters

A new Economist/YouGov poll finds 50% of Bernie Sanders voters are not yet ready to support Hillary Clinton in a Clinton-Trump general election match up.

“In fact, the percentage of Sanders supporters willing to vote for Clinton has dropped in the last few weeks.  At the end of April, 63% of Sanders supporters said they would vote for Clinton. Importantly, however, these supporters are not going directly to Trump; instead they are moving into the undecided category, going for a third candidate, or opting out of the race altogether.”

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For members: Clinton Must Make Peace with Sanders to Win

Secret Rubio Donor May Never Be Known

Open Secrets: “With the 2016 election cycle bringing previously unmatched amounts of ‘dark money‘ spending by politically active nonprofits, one group stands out for blazing its own trail: Conservative Solutions Project, the 501(c)(4) social welfare organization supporting Sen. Marco Rubio’s aborted presidential campaign.”

“New tax documents obtained by the Center for Responsive Politics show that within weeks of Rubio throwing his hat in the ring on April 13, 2015, the nonprofit had raised $13.8 million — $13.5 million of which came from a single, unnamed donor. And most of the money that went out the door went to firms and consultants running the group or to other agencies closely linked to Rubio and his campaign.”

Trump Will Target Clinton on Whitewater Next

“Donald Trump, who in recent days has accused Bill Clinton of rape and suggested he and Hillary Clinton may have had a role in the death of one of their close friends, plans to focus next on the Whitewater real estate scandal,” Politico reports.

Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo emailed a researcher at the Republican National Committee asking him to “work up information on HRC/Whitewater as soon as possible. This is for immediate use and for the afternoon talking points process.”

Bush

Coming this summer: Bush by Jean Edward Smith.

“Smith demonstrates that it was not Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, or Condoleezza Rice, but President Bush himself who took personal control of foreign policy. Bush drew on his deep religious conviction that important foreign-policy decisions were simply a matter of good versus evil. Domestically, he overreacted to 9/11 and endangered Americans’ civil liberties.”

Clinton Harshly Criticized for Email Server

“The State Department’s inspector general sharply criticized Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, saying she had not sought permission to use it and would not have received it if she had,” the New York Times reports.

The report said that Clinton “had an obligation to discuss using her personal email account to conduct official business” with officials responsible for handling records and security but that inspectors found “no evidence” that she had.

Democrats Try to Recycle Romney Attacks

Greg Sargent: “Early in the 2012 campaign, when top Democratic strategists were debating how to target Mitt Romney, they worked to hone their message about him down to a single, tight, pithy phrase. According to one senior Democrat in on the discussions, they finally settled on this: ‘When people like him do well, people like you get screwed.'”

“While this sentence never appeared in any Dem messaging, it functioned as a thematic guide, the senior Dem tells me. Now Democrats are wrestling with how to deliver a similar message about Trump, while also dealing with a key strategic problem: In many ways, Trump is a very different kind of billionaire from Romney.”

Things Looking Up for Down-Ballot Republicans

First Read: “Maybe the biggest political story over the past couple of weeks has been how Trump has consolidated the GOP vote. Our own NBC/WSJ poll found the percentage of Republicans backing him in a contest vs. Clinton has gone up from 72% in April to 86% now. And if that holds, it’s significant for Republicans because it helps them on the down-ballot front.”

“In particular, more Republicans rallying around Trump means that the Democratic outside Senate targets — in Arizona, Iowa, Missouri, and North Carolina — are a steeper climb. After all, there is a big difference between Trump being at 47% in the popular vote and being at 42%-44%.”

Trump Defends Against Housing Attacks

Donald Trump responded to Hillary Clinton’s attempt to tie him to the 2008 housing crisis saying he was being a good businessman, the New York Times reports.

Said Trump: “I am a businessman, and I have made a lot of money in down markets. In some cases, as much as I’ve made when markets are good. Frankly, this is the kind of thinking our country needs, understanding how to get a good result out of a very bad and sad situation. Politicians have no idea how to do this — they don’t have a clue.”

Trump Hits Martinez After Snub

Donald Trump took several jabs at New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) after she said she was “too busy” to appear with him at a rally, the Washington Examiner reports.

Said Trump: “Since 2000, the number of unemployed people in Albuquerque has doubled. Who’s fault is it? Is it your fault or is it your government’s fault? Since 2000, the number of people on food stamps in New Mexico has tripled. We have to get your governor to get going, OK? She’s got to do a better job.”

He added: “Your governor has got to do a better job. She’s not doing the job.”