Below is a brief excerpt from Potomac Research Group Chief Political Strategist JT Taylor's Morning Bullets sent to institutional clients each morning.
Our claim that endorsements matter little will be tested next Tuesday in WI, where political and media establishment figures are lining up to endorse candidates who are not Donald Trump. WI Gov. Scott Walker endorsed Ted Cruz yesterday, while former WI Gov. Tommy Thompson is backing John Kasich. Most local conservative radio hosts are virulently anti-Trump, and anti-Trump super PACs have made more ad-buys than anyone else in the state. These efforts have had little success to date, and could just be another example of the party elite out of step with the base.
GLOVES COME OFF:
Bernie Sanders is slowly ditching the nice guy persona as his victories in HI, WA and AK make him an irksome opponent to Hillary Clinton. This is the same man who proclaimed that he didn't follow polling or use negative attacks, but is singing a different tune as he sets his sights on WI. Sanders and Clinton are currently neck-and-neck in the state that shares its borders with MI and MN (both won by Sanders), but has a demographic similar to OH (won by Clinton). Sanders' strategy is to pummel Clinton on her ties to Wall Street, fracking, campaign finance, and Iraq to keep his winning streak - and hope - alive.
NY STATE OF MIND:
With WI looming next week, Clinton is already turning her attention to her home state of NY with the hope that it will provide her with a decisive win over Sanders - boosting enthusiasm in her party, and securing her enough delegates to put her in a position to defeat Sanders well before CA. Sanders' strategy is to target the same districts won by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's last primary challenger (whose platform was similar to Sanders') and, although he's a Brooklynite, losing the state will not be a shock, but he wants prevent Clinton from taking home the lion's share of the delegates. His focus will be on tightening the margins in the Empire State and in PA - where he is closer to Clinton in the polls.