2020 Elections

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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Sara Gideon +12 Over Susan Collins In New Maine Poll

Just in from Quinnipiac Polling: Democrat Sara Gideon leads the race among likely voters for the U.S. Senate in Maine 54 – 42 percent over Republican Senator Susan Collins, who is seeking her fifth term. Eighty-nine percent of likely voters who selected a candidate in the Senate matchup say their minds are made up, and 10 percent say they might …

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Joe Biden +9 Over Trump In New Reuters National Poll

Reuters reports: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads Republican President Donald Trump nationally among likely U.S. voters by 9 percentage points, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that showed Trump’s “law and order” message falling short with its target audience of suburban voters. The Sept. 11-15 opinion poll, released on Wednesday, found that 50% of likely voters said they were casting …

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Kanye West Asks Campaign Staff Not To “Fornicate”

The New York Times reports: Kanye West wants to bring back prayer in schools, give more government support to religious groups and has even asked his campaign staff to refrain from “fornicating” outside of marriage, according to people aiding his candidacy. Mr. West, the billionaire hip-hop artist and fashion mogul turned Christian revivalist, is not running for president, but “walking,” …

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ABC Poll: Biden +6 In Wisconsin, +16 In Minnesota

The Washington Post reports: Joe Biden has opened up a double-digit lead over President Trump in Minnesota, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll released on Wednesday suggesting a set back for the president in a state that his campaign is hoping to flip in November. The poll shows Biden garnering 57 percent of the vote to Trump’s 41 …

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Biden Team Sees Orlando As Key To Winning Florida

Politico reports: In the shadow of Walt Disney World, in one of Florida’s fast-growing metropolises, Democrats are assembling a political machine that they’re counting on to destroy President Donald Trump’s dreams of reelection. The president must win Florida to capture a second term. But the increasingly Democratic Orlando region stands in his way as one of the few places in …

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Famed Science Mag Makes Its First Endorsement Ever

From the editors of Scientific American: Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history. This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly. The evidence and the science show that Donald Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science. The most devastating example is his …

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CNN Poll: Biden +10 In Wisconsin, +3 In North Carolina

CNN reports: The race for the presidency is near even in North Carolina and Democratic nominee Joe Biden holds a lead over President Donald Trump in Wisconsin, according to new CNN polls conducted by SSRS in the battleground states. Among likely voters in North Carolina, 49% support Biden, 46% Trump. In Wisconsin, likely voters break 52% for Biden to 42% …

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