2020 Elections

New Maine Poll: Joe Biden +12, Sara Gideon +5

The Bangor Daily News reports: Democrats are leading in each of Maine’s three biggest races, according to a new poll, with House Speaker Sara Gideon, 2nd District Rep. Jared Golden and former Vice President Joe Biden holding leads with a little over three months until Election Day. The poll had Gideon with 44 percent of the vote compared to 39 …

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DNC Delegates Vote Against Legal Weed In Platform

The Huffington Post reports: Democratic National Committee delegates voted 105-60 against including marijuana legalization in the party platform on Monday. The draft version of the platform supports decriminalizing marijuana use and legalizing medical marijuana, adding that it should be left up to the states “to make their own decisions about recreational use.” The platform was unlikely to ever endorse full …

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Dem Senate Candidate Jon Ossoff Says Opponent’s Campaign Altered His Photo In “Anti-Semitic Trope”

The Washington Post reports: Democrat Jon Ossoff on Monday denounced a now-deleted Facebook ad by Sen. David Perdue’s (R-Ga.) campaign that appeared to make Ossoff’s nose look larger, accusing Perdue of playing on anti-Semitic tropes. Perdue’s campaign blamed an outside vendor and described the altered photo as an “unintentional error” that was caused when a filter was applied. According to …

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Sanders Campaign Co-Chair: Choosing Joe Biden Over Trump Is Like Only Having To “Eat Half A Bowl Of Shit”

Peter Nicholas writes at The Atlantic: “We have to be true to ourselves and acknowledge that Biden is a mediocre, milquetoast, neoliberal centrist that we’ve been fighting against in the Democratic establishment,” Cornel West, the Harvard University professor and a Bernie Sanders supporter, told me. If Sanders’s primary voters stay home on Election Day out of pique, that could damage …

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Notre Dame Won’t Host First Debate Due To COVID

Politico reports: The Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonprofit that has conducted the general election debates for decades, announced on Monday that Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic will co-host the first presidential debate on Sept. 29 between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The debate will be held on the Health Education Campus, a joint …

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NBC North Carolina Poll: Biden +7, Cunningham +9

NBC News reports: Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 7 points in the key swing state of North Carolina, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll. Voters also favor Democratic Senate and gubernatorial candidates and say by 2 to 1 that the state was right to balk at the Trump administration’s Charlotte convention plans . Among registered voters, Biden, …

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Trump And Biden Target Social Media In Dueling Ads

The Associated Press reports: Social media has become the target of a dueling attack ad campaign being waged online by the sitting president and his election rival. They’re shooting the messenger while giving it lots of money. President Donald Trump has bought hundreds of messages on Facebook to accuse its competitor, Twitter, of trying to stifle his voice and influence …

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Nate Silver Doesn’t “Buy That Trump’s Fate Is Sealed”

Axios reports: FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver said on ABC’s “This Week” that while President Trump’s reelection bid is “clearly in trouble” due to his dismal coronavirus approval ratings and polling in swing states, he does not believe the president’s “fate is sealed.” “We found historically that when there are lots of major news events and economic disruptions, an election becomes …

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CBS News Ohio Poll: Trump And Biden Effectively Tied

CBS News reports: Most parents are wary of sending their children back to school in the face of it, and they feel the president doesn’t care as much about the risks to their kids. Most Americans support the aim of the protests — and Biden leads among all of them. In the upper Midwest, we see this playing out in …

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New NBC Arizona Poll: Joe Biden +5, Mark Kelly +12

NBC News reports: With 100 days until the election, Democrat Joe Biden holds a 5-point lead over President Donald Trump in Arizona, with more voters saying the former vice president would do a better job handing the coronavirus pandemic and race relations, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll of the state. In Arizona’s Senate contest, the NBC News/Marist poll …

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Group Plays Out Scenarios If Trump Won’t Concede

The Boston Globe reports: What if President Trump refuses to concede a loss, as he publicly hinted recently he might do? How far could he go to preserve his power? And what if Democrats refuse to give in? “All of our scenarios ended in both street-level violence and political impasse,” said Rosa Brooks, a Georgetown law professor and former Defense …

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POLL: Biden +5 In FL, Biden +4 In AZ, Biden +8 In MI

CNN reports: With 100 days remaining until Election Day, voters in three critical battleground states swing in former Vice President Joe Biden’s way, according to new Arizona, Florida and Michigan CNN polls conducted by SSRS. In Florida (51% Biden to 46% for President Donald Trump) and Arizona (49% Biden to 45% Trump), registered voters break in Biden’s favor by single-digit …

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Forecaster Moves FL From Toss Up To Lean Democrat

From the nonpartisan Cook Political Report: Given its track record in presidential campaigns over the last 20 years, it’s hard to think of Florida as anything other than a Toss Up. Since 2000, the winner of the state has never carried it by more than 5 points. In fact, in four of the last five presidential elections, the winner squeaked …

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Politico Warns Election Day Snafus Could Be Disastrous

Politico reports: Anxious Democrats are already fretting about nightmare scenarios in which Trump uses emergency powers to cancel the election, calls in the military to “oversee” voting, or even refuses to vacate the White House. But conversations with more than a dozen campaign strategists, security officials and election administrators make clear that the most likely picture this fall is something …

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ABC: Biden At 279 Electoral College Votes, 270 To Win

ABC News reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a discernible — though not insurmountable — Electoral College advantage over President Donald Trump, with multiple paths to the presidency but little margin for error, according to ABC News’ initial ratings for the 2020 general election. With this weekend marking 100 days to Election Day, ABC’s race ratings place 279 electoral …

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New Fox Polls: Biden +11 In PA, +13 In MN, +9 In MI

Fox News reports: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in the battleground states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, according to Fox News statewide registered voter surveys. Biden benefits from strong support among women, nonwhite voters, and those living in suburban areas, while Trump suffers from a lackluster performance among men and White voters. In each state’s head-to-head …

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NY Legislature Approves Automatic Voter Registration

Albany’s CBS News affiliate reports: The New York State Legislature passed automatic voter registration, which introduces a streamlined, more accessible voter registration process. New Yorkers would be automatically registered whenever they interact with a “qualified” government agency like the DMV or Department of Health. Having passed the Senate on Wednesday and the Assembly on Thursday, the legislation still must be …

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New Quinnipiac Florida Poll: Joe Biden +13 Over Trump

Just in from Quinnipiac Polling: In the race for the White House, former Vice President Joe Biden opens up a big lead over President Trump. Voters back Biden 51 – 38 percent over Trump. In an April 22nd poll, it was close with Biden at 46 percent and Trump at 42 percent. Democrats back Biden 89 – 2 percent, independents …

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Lincoln Project Ad Recaps Trump’s Many COVID Lies

Via press release from the Lincoln Project: The Lincoln Project today released a new video, “Failure,” highlighting the last several months’ worth of President Trump’s often erratic and erroneous comments on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As new daily cases continue to rise to double what they were in April, President Trump offered little guidance and support during his Tuesday briefing. …

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Joe Biden +6 Over Trump In New Florida Poll

Florida Politics reports: A new survey shows Joe Biden’s support on the rise in the Sunshine State. If the presidential election were held today, 50% of Florida voters would pick Biden and 44% would vote for Donald Trump, according to fresh numbers from St. Pete Polls. Another 2% of voters plan to vote for a third-party candidate while 3% remain …

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