Amount left unpaid from Carly Fiorina’s failed 2010 U.S. Senate bid “— even as Fiorina reimbursed herself nearly $1.3 million she lent the campaign. She finally cleared most of the balance in January, a few months before announcing her run for president,” the Washington Post reports. Said Fiorina’s former campaign manager Martin Wilson: “Occasionally, I’d call and tell her she should pay them. She just wouldn’t.”
Crowd that Sen. Bernie Sanders drew “in Massachusetts on Saturday as he sought to attract donors and build a political infrastructure that will boost his campaign a month after the first two states vote,” the Boston Globe reports. “It was the third-largest rally Sanders has held this year, smaller only than events in Portland, Ore., and Los Angeles in August. To put it in context, the number of people who showed up to see Sanders at the convention center was nearly three times the population of Montpelier, the capital of the US senator’s home state of Vermont.”
Of Americans “think their country isn’t as great as it once was—a central theme of front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign. More than a third prefer a presidential candidate without experience in public office,” according to a new Bloomberg poll. The poll also shows Trump leading the GOP race with 21%, followed by Ben Carson at 16%, Jeb Bush at 13%, Carly Fiorina at 11%, Marco Rubio at 8% and Ted Cruz at 5%.
Of Americans in June said they personally would vote for an otherwise well-qualified candidate for president who happened to be Muslim, according to Gallup.
Number of days Scott Walker was a candidate for president. “The complete and utter collapse of Scott Walker’s presidential bid appears to bring to an end the shortest presidential campaign since at least 2000,” the Washington Post reports. “Walker’s bid began with his announcement July 13 before a fancy backdrop and in front of an energetic crowd in Waukesha, Wis. It ended in Wisconsin on Monday, in front of a drab background and with only a few reporters listening in. From start to end, the campaign lasted 70 days — a shorter campaign than even Rick Perry’s, since Perry started earlier. … Looking back at major candidate campaigns since 2000, 70 days appears to be the shortest, by at least a week. Jim Gilmore’s 2008 bid lasted 79 days. Tim Pawlenty hung on for 83 days in 2012.”
Vice President Joe Biden’s share in the latest Bloomberg poll, which finds hime edging Sen. Bernie Sanders, with 24%, in the race for second to Hillary Clinton, who continues to lead the Democratic presidential field with just 33%.
1/50th of 1%
Amount Planned Parenthood spending makes up of all federal expenditures. “In the context of all federal spending, [$528 million] is infinitesimally small. In fiscal year 2014, the federal government spent $3.5 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. So Planned Parenthood spending makes up roughly 1/50th of 1 percent of all federal expenditures — and that’s rounding up generously,” according to the Washington Post.
Donald Trump’s lead in the GOP presidential race, followed by Ben Carson at 12%, Jeb Bush at 11%, Carly Fiorina at 6%, Ted Cruz at 5% and Marco Rubio at 5%, according to a new Morning Consult poll. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton for the first time has fallen below the 50% mark. She maintains a strong lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders — 49% to 28% — though her 21-point lead is at its lowest point since Morning Consult began surveying the Democratic field.
Amount of online donations the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders raised in 48 hours “after research surfaced from a super PAC backing Hillary Clinton that linked the Vermont senator to the ‘extreme’ views of Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party,” the Washington Post reported. “The burst of money Sanders received online was unprecedented, according to a statement Thursday by Erin Hill, executive director of ActBlue, an online fundraising service used by Sanders and scores of Democrats.”
“Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose liberal call to action has propelled his long-shot presidential campaign, is proposing an array of new programs that would amount to the largest peacetime expansion of government in modern American history. … In all, he backs at least $18 trillion in new spending over a decade, according to a tally by the Wall Street Journal, a sum that alarms conservatives and gives even many Democrats pause. Mr. Sanders sees the money as going to essential government services at a time of increasing strain on the middle class.”