2020 Elections

Facebook Reports 2.5 Million Voter Registrations

Axios reports: An estimated 2.5 million+ Americans have registered to vote on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger, Facebook announced Monday. More than 733,000 Americans have registered to vote so far via Snapchat. Why it matters: The broad reach of social media platforms makes them uniquely effective at engaging voters — especially younger voters who may not know how to register to …

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ActBlue Raises Record $100M After Death Of Ginsburg

The Washington Post reports: The Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue announced Sunday it has raised $100 million from small-dollar donors since news broke Friday night of Ginsburg’s death, in a sign Democrats are rapidly mobilizing ahead of a potential Supreme Court nomination battle. “Small-dollar donors have now given $100 million on ActBlue since 8 p.m. ET Friday, investing in candidates up …

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CBS News Poll: Biden +2 In Florida, Trump +2 In Texas

CBS News reports: Joe Biden still has a small edge in Florida, but the contest has tightened since our last poll in July, from six points down to two now, amid an ebbing — if still sizable — concern about coronavirus, while President Trump has picked up a few more of the state’s remaining uncertain voters, rebuilt some of his …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Speaks On Supreme Court Vacancy

ABC News reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to speak in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Sunday and address the vacancy created on the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an event that sent shockwaves through the political world and recast an already uncertain presidential race. After Ginsburg’s death on Friday, the Democratic presidential nominee, …

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Greenfield +3 Over Ernst In Iowa US Senate Poll

The Des Moines Register reports: Democrat Theresa Greenfield leads Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst by 3 percentage points in a Senate race that appears to be among the most competitive in the country. With just over six weeks to Election Day, the new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows Greenfield leading 45% to 42% among likely voters. Another 3% say …

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Biden +8 Over Trump In New WSJ/NBC National Poll

The Wall Street Journal reports: In a year dominated by a deadly virus, racial unrest and tumultuous news cycles, the presidential race remains remarkably stable, with former Vice President Joe Biden maintaining his lead over President Trump, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows. Some 51% of registered voters nationally say they would vote for Mr. Biden if the …

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ActBlue Raises Record $46M After Death Of Ginsburg

The New York Times reports: Democratic donors gave more money online in the 9 p.m. hour Friday after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death was announced — $6.2 million — than in any other single hour since ActBlue, the donation-processing site, was started 16 years ago. Then donors broke the site’s record again in the 10 p.m. hour when donors gave …

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Politico: Biden Is Polling Better Than Hillary In 2016

Politico reports: All summer long, we’ve been warned: Yes, Joe Biden is ahead in the polls — but so was Hillary Clinton. There’s one key difference that’s often overlooked, though. Biden is much closer to the magic 50 percent mark — both nationally and in key Electoral College battleground states. That puts Trump in a significantly worse situation, needing to …

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Kelly Could Be Seated In Time To Vote On Vacancy

The New York Times reports: If Mark Kelly, the Democratic nominee for Senate in Arizona, unseats Senator Martha McSally, a Republican who was appointed to her seat and began serving last year, he could be sworn in as early as Nov. 30 — possibly in time to vote on a new Supreme Court nominee, elections experts said. Hypothetically, that would …

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Third Party Candidates Take 7% In New Four-Way Poll

NPR reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead President Trump in the 2020 presidential election nationally by a substantial margin, according to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll. Biden leads Trump by 9 points, 52% to 43%, among likely voters, the survey finds. This is the first time this election cycle the poll has screened for likely voters — …

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Virginia Sees Massive Lines On First Day Of Early Voting

Reuters reports: Lines of voters stretched hundreds deep in northern Virginia and other parts of the state on the first day of early voting in the 2020 presidential election. Friday marked the first day of early voting across the commonwealth. In Fairfax County, election workers were scrambling to open an additional voting room at the county government center where a …

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Weed Decriminalization Bill Put Off Until After Election

Roll Call reports: House Democrats’ plan to vote on legislation decriminalizing marijuana before the November election went up in smoke Thursday, as leadership decided to postpone consideration of the measure amid concerns about the political optics. Some of the more moderate Democrats in the caucus, including ones considered vulnerable for re-election in November, had expressed reservation about voting on the …

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Handicapper Moves Virginia US House Race To Toss Up

From the Cook Political Report: In Cameron Webb, Democrats may have found their own “unicorn:” a young Black doctor who graduated from UVA, has treated COVID patients, whose wife (also a physician) is from rural Southside and whose father served in law enforcement for 20 years. In his ads, Webb talks about the need for bipartisanship and his experience “working …

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FiveThirtyEight: Dems “Slightly Favored” To Win Senate

Mediaite reports: Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight has forecasted that the Democratic Party will take control of the Senate this year. As of Friday, FiveThirtyEight predicts Democrats “are slightly favored to win the Senate.” “In 42 in 100 scenarios, Republicans win control,” the site declared, while in “58 in 100 scenarios, Democrats win control.” “Democrats have an 80% chance of holding between …

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NYT Poll: Biden +9 In Arizona, Biden +17 In Maine

The New York Times reports: President Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic has imperiled both his own re-election and his party’s majority in the Senate, and Republican lawmakers in crucial states like Arizona, North Carolina and Maine have fallen behind their Democratic challengers amid broad disapproval of the president, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times and …

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Bloomberg’s “Wall To Wall” Ads Begin In FL [VIDEO]

Axios reports: Mike Bloomberg’s $100 million Florida blitz begins today and will continue “wall to wall” in all 10 TV markets through Election Day, advisers tell me. Why it matters: Bloomberg thinks that Joe Biden putting away Florida is the most feasible way to head off the national chaos we could have if the outcome of Trump v. Biden remained …

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Biden +3, Cunningham +4 In New North Carolina Poll

Politico reports: A Suffolk University/USA Today poll released Thursday reports that 46 percent of the North Carolina likely voters surveyed prefer Biden, while 43 percent favor Trump. Biden’s lead falls within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points. Trump won North Carolina’s 15 Electoral College votes by 3.8 percentage points in 2016. The state has …

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Scott Walker Is Role-Playing Kamala Harris With Pence

The Washington Post reports: Former Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is once again working closely with Vice President Pence on debate preparations and serving as Pence’s foil in practice sessions, effectively playing the role of Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), according to two people familiar with the sessions who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to …

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Court Boots Green Party From Pennsylvania Ballot

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Democrats in Pennsylvania succeeded Thursday in bouncing Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins from the Nov. 3 ballot. That could prove critical in the race between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. In 2016, Green Party candidate Jill Stein won almost 50,000 votes in Pennsylvania, and Trump ultimately won the state by just 44,000 …

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Handicapper Moves Arizona To “Lean Democrat”

From the Cook Political Report: Trump and Biden are essentially tied in Florida (Trump 42%, Biden’s 43%) and NC (Trump 43%, Biden 45%). However, in Arizona, Biden has opened up a more substantial lead (Biden 45%, Trump 40%). Arizona is geographically large, but its population is concentrated in Maricopa County (Phoenix). About two-thirds of the vote comes from Maricopa. Voters …

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