New Hampshire

Walker Collapses in NH

PPP’s new New Hampshire poll finds Donald Trump in the strongest position of any poll we’ve done anywhere since he entered the race. Trump laps the Republican field with 35% to 11% for John Kasich, 10% for Carly Fiorina, 7% each for Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, 6% for Ben Carson, 4% each for Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio, and 3% for Rand Paul.

Via Trump up big in NH; Sanders leads Clinton @ PPP.

In desperation, Walker turns on WISGOP to survive in NH

Facing sagging poll numbers in the presidential race and declining approval in his home state, Walker in recent days has been stressing the resistance he met not just from unions and Democrats, but also Republicans.

“Sometimes people (think) I just took on the unions or the other party. We did. But before all that, we had to take on our own party’s establishment,” Walker said Friday morning at a “Politics and Eggs” event at St. Anslem College in New Hampshire.

“There were a lot of people in my party, particularly in the legislative branch, who said, ‘You know it’s nice to be in the majority, that means we’ve got a bigger office and more staff and nice titles but I don’t know that we really want to do all that much more.’

“They said, ‘It’s kind of safe here, if we have to push some of the big, bold reforms you’re talking about, there might be some push-back. And some of us in safe seats might actually have some challenges.’ You know what? We said, ‘Never mind. We got elected for a reason. We didn’t get elected for a title …. We got elected to do something.'”

But Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said Republicans in that house never balked over the controversial proposal to all but end collective bargaining for most of the state’s public workers, known as Act 10.

Via GOP leaders dispute Scott Walker’s account of union battle @ JS All Politics Blog.

Grand Tour

Following his July 13 announcement in Wisconsin, Walker will travel to Nevada on Tuesday, July 14 for an event in Las Vegas; then on to South Carolina Wednesday, July 15 for events in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville; then to New Hampshire Thursday, July 16 for events in Merrimack and Portsmouth. His tour of the early voting states concludes with a three-day, 11-stop RV tour of Iowa starting Friday July 17.

Via Gov. Walker to follow presidential kick-off with multi, – state tour next week @ JS All Politics Blog.