2020 Elections

USA Today Poll: Biden +7 Over Trump In Pennsylvania

USA Today reports: With less than two weeks until the Nov. 3 election, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump by 7 percentage points in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania, according to a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll. Nearly half (49%) of likely Pennsylvania voters said they support Biden, while 42% said they support Trump, the …

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Legal Weed On Ballot In Four States: AZ, MT, NJ, SD

Roll Call reports: Marijuana legalization advocates, afraid that efforts to win ballot initiatives would go up in smoke given the challenges of a pandemic, are fired up about chances in five states this fall. The difficulty of safely getting signatures in person helped doom marijuana legalization efforts in some states, like Idaho and Missouri. But voters will decide next month …

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GOP Loses NC Fight To Limit Absentee Ballot Counting

Reuters reports: A U.S. federal appeals court late on Tuesday left in place North Carolina’s plan for counting absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day, dealing a setback to President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. In a 12-3 decision, the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a bid to halt the North Carolina State Board of Elections from tallying ballots …

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Twitter Adds Extra Step To Retweets Until Election

The Verge reports: Twitter is temporarily changing how you retweet ahead of the November 3rd US presidential election, to help prevent abuse and the spread of misinformation. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to retweet. But until at least the end of election week, it won’t be quite as easy as usual to retweet something to all of your followers. …

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Biden Team Vets Some Republicans For Cabinet Posts

Politico reports: Joe Biden’s transition team is vetting a handful of Republicans for potential Cabinet positions — despite doubts it will win him new support from the right and the risk it will enrage the left. Among the names being floated for possible Biden Cabinet posts are Meg Whitman, the CEO of Quibi and former CEO of eBay, and former …

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NYT/Siena Georgia Poll: Jon Ossoff Tied, Joe Biden Tied

The New York Times reports: In the regularly scheduled Senate election, Mr. Ossoff is now tied with Mr. Perdue at 43 percent. Mr. Perdue led Mr. Ossoff by four percentage points a month ago, 41 percent to 37 percent. The survey was conducted from Oct. 13 to 19, and it found no immediate evidence of a shift in Mr. Ossoff’s …

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McCarthy Confident He’ll Stay GOP House Leader

Politico reports: House Republicans face the possibility of sinking further into the minority on Nov. 3. President Donald Trump is trailing in key polls. But Kevin McCarthy is confident he’ll remain House GOP leader in the next Congress. McCarthy has already won the support of Rep. Jim Jordan, his one-time rival, after helping the Ohio Republican secure top positions on …

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AP: How Trump Burned Through $1B In Campaign Cash

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump’s sprawling political operation has raised well over $1 billion since he took the White House in 2017 — and set a lot of it on fire. Trump bought a $10 million Super Bowl ad when he didn’t yet have a challenger. He tapped his political organization to cover exorbitant legal fees related to …

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Biden Raising Money For Post-Election Court Battles

The Daily Beast reports: Even by post-Citizens United standards, it is an absurd, Scrooge McDuck-level haul. The Biden campaign could suspend fundraising entirely and drop more than $20 million a day, every day, until the election without bouncing a single check. But according to top-level donors and an ambitious schedule of upcoming fundraisers, there’s no plan to slow down—just in …

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AP Licenses Elections Results For Smart Devices

Axios reports: Many of the world’s biggest tech and telecom companies, like Google, Amazon, Microsoft and AT&T, are licensing the Associated Press’ election results to power their voice, video and search products, executives tell Axios. How it works: Because tech firms need to answer millions of unique voice commands and search queries in real time, the results will be coded …

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USA Today Gives Biden Its First-Ever Endorsment

From the editorial board of USA Today: Four years ago, the Editorial Board — an ideologically and demographically diverse group of journalists that is separate from the news staff and operates by consensus — broke with tradition and took sides in the presidential race for the first time since USA TODAY was founded in 1982. We urged readers not to …

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Kansas Dem Has Chance Of Flipping Senate Seat

Politico reports: Kansas Senate candidate Barbara Bollier was a life-long Republican, but in 2018 she decided she’d had enough: Fed up by the party’s lurch to the right in Washington and Topeka, the 62-year-old state legislator divorced the GOP and became a Democrat. Two years later, she’s asking Kansans to join her and do something they haven’t since Franklin Roosevelt …

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ABC/WaPo Poll Shows NC Senate And WH Races Tied

The Washington Post reports: Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham are locked in a toss-up Senate race in North Carolina, where roughly a quarter of voters say the challenger’s extramarital affair is important in their vote but with far more saying control of the Senate and the incumbent’s support for President Trump matter, a Washington Post-ABC News poll …

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SCOTUS Rejects GOP Ploy On PA Absentee Ballots

The Associated Press reports: The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count ballots received up to three days after the election, rejecting a Republican plea. The justices divided 4-4 Monday, an outcome that upholds a state Supreme Court ruling that allowed election officials to receive and count ballots until Nov. 6, even if they don’t have a clear postmark. Republicans, …

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Trump To Spend $55M In Final Swing State Ads Push

Axios reports:  The Trump campaign and Republican National Committee plan to spend an additional $55 million on coordinated ad buys in the remaining two weeks of the 2020 election, campaign manager Bill Stepien told reporters on a Monday call. The campaign and the RNC will jointly target Arizona, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Michigan — all considered critical swing states. …

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Long Lines As Floridians Turn Out For Early Voting

The South Florida SunSentinel reports: Voters streamed to polling places in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties for the first day of Florida early voting. Many lined up before daybreak, anxious to get their ballots cast — undeterred by the weather, which ranged from heavy downpours to light sprinkles throughout the region. Jose Sanchez, 54, of Fort Lauderdale, was at …

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Biden Is Running Anti-Trump Ads During NFL Games

The Washington Post reports: The Biden campaign announced Sunday that it is running a new round of TV ads during NFL games today and later this week. During today’s Browns-Steelers game, the campaign is airing a minute-long ad on CBS that tells the story of a bar owner in Ann Arbor, Mich., whose business has shut down amid the coronavirus …

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CBS Poll: Joe Biden +5 In Wisconsin, +3 In Arizona

CBS News reports: From Wisconsin to Arizona, as in much of the country, these final weeks of the campaign look to be about who actually votes, because voters say they’ve made their choices, and many have made it official. Mail ballot returns are pouring in, and almost all remaining voters say they’re locked into their decisions anyway. Biden is cutting …

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Georgians Smash Early Voting Records Despite Lines

Atlanta’s CBS News affiliate reports: Georgia voters turned out in record numbers just five days into early voting for the 2020 election. As of noon on October 17, the total number of ballots cast for the 2020 election was 1,373,208. According to the Georgia Secretary of State, that is a 134% increase from early voting during the first five days …

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Major Kentucky Newspaper Endorses Amy McGrath

From the editorial board of the Lexington Herald-Leader: The eyes of America are on Kentucky’s race for the U.S. Senate because many rightly feel that next to the presidential election, it’s the most important contest in the country, with the future health of our democracy riding on the right choice. That choice is Amy McGrath, a Democrat challenging longtime incumbent …

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