2020 Elections

ARIZONA: Mark Kelly +9 Over McSally In New Poll

The Hill reports: Retired astronaut Mark Kelly (D) holds a 9-point lead over Sen. Martha McSally (R) in Arizona, a state critical to Democrats’ hopes of reclaiming control of the U.S. Senate. Kelly leads McSally by a 52 percent to 43 percent margin, according to a new survey conducted by the Phoenix-based firm OH Predictive Insights. Kelly leads by 27 …

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Trump 2020 Sees Backlash On Threatening Money Begs

As those of us on the Trump campaign’s email list know, their money begs have increasingly threatening over the last few weeks. And there’s now a backlash: President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign is coming under fire over campaign fundraising emails which some supporters are calling “gross” and “scary.” Most of the emails — which typically claimed to be from …

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MISSOURI: Trump +7, Support In Key Groups Eroding

The Hill reports: President Trump has an edge over presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Missouri, but there are signs that his support there may be slipping, according to a Saint Louis University-YouGov poll released on Monday. The poll shows Trump garnering 50 percent of the vote in Missouri, putting him 7 points ahead of Biden. Among virtually every …

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Trump Campaign Hires 1500 Workers In GOTV Drive

The Associated Press reports: The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s campaign say they have now hired 1,500 field staffers, aiming to convert their financial advantage over Democrats into votes in November. RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said the staff and volunteers are looking to use the RNC’s vast data trove and voter scores to reach a dwindling swath of …

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Politico: GOP Senators Face Fundraising Emergency

Politico reports: Last month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee prepared a slideshow for Senate chiefs of staff full of bleak numbers about the party’s failure to compete with Democrats on digital fundraising. For anyone not getting the message, the final slide hammered home the possible end result: a freight train bearing down on a man standing on the tracks. The …

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TEXAS: Joe Biden +5 Over Trump In New Poll

The Dallas Morning News reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden has built a five-point lead over President Donald Trump in Texas as unease over Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic mounts, a new Dallas Morning News/University of Texas at Tyler poll has found. Biden had 46% support to Trump’s 41%. If the general election were held today, the outcome could …

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WV Mailman Guilty Of Pro-GOP Absentee Ballot Fraud

Via press release from the Justice Department: Thomas Cooper, a mail carrier in Pendleton County, has admitted to attempted election fraud, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced. Cooper, age 47, of Dry Fork, West Virginia, pled guilty to one count of “Attempt to Defraud the Residents of West Virginia of a Fair Election” and one count of “Injury to the Mail.” …

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Facebook Mulls Ban On Political Ads Through Election

Bloomberg News reports: Facebook Inc. is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its social network in the days leading up to the U.S. election in November, according to people familiar with the company’s thinking. The potential ban is still only being discussed and hasn’t yet been finalized, said the people, who asked not to be named talking about …

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Powerful Health Care Workers Union Endorses Biden

Politico reports: The Service Employees International Union, which represents 2 million workers in health care, property services and the public sector, announced Thursday that it will throw its grassroots organizing power behind presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential campaign. How does this change the race? By winning SEIU’s endorsement, Biden can tap into a network of tens …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Lays Out Economic Recovery Plan

The New York Times reports: Joseph R. Biden Jr. will lay out a populist economic vision to revive and reinvest in American manufacturing on Thursday, calling for major new spending and stricter new rules to “Buy American” as part of an effort to more aggressively challenge President Trump on two of his signature issues: the economy and nationalism. In a …

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Lincoln Project: We Will Punish Every Senate Cultist

Just in from the Lincoln Project: The Lincoln Project’s latest ad, “Names,” laments the Republican Senators who have flagrantly violated their oaths of office to protect President Donald Trump. Reed Galen, co-founder of The Lincoln Project, said, “These are senators who have abandoned their consciences, left the American people behind, and fail to stand up for the Constitution and common …

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Five Republican Senators To Skip GOP Convention

Axios reports: At least five GOP senators have said they will not attend next month’s Republican National Convention in Jacksonville either due to coronavirus concerns or political reasons. For some, like 86-year-old Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and 80-year-old Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the decision not to attend underscores broader concerns about holding mass gatherings in the coronavirus era. For others, …

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Kanye West: I’m Done With Trump, I’m Going To Win, I’ve Had COVID, I’m Anti-Vax, I Never Voted, Wakanda

Forbes has published an interview with Kanye West that they say is so “rambling” that the piece opens with a bullet-point listing of key points. – That he’s running for president in 2020 under a new banner—the Birthday Party—with guidance from Elon Musk and an obscure vice presidential candidate he’s already chosen. “Like anything I’ve ever done in my life,” …

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CDC: Consider All Alternatives To In-Person Voting

The Washington Post reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that voters consider alternatives to casting their ballots in person during upcoming elections, as states expand absentee and early voting options for November amid fears of spreading the coronavirus. President Trump has repeatedly claimed without evidence that one popular alternative — mail-in ballots — promotes widespread voter …

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Lincoln Project: Trump Has A “Loyalty Problem” [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: The Lincoln Project went after President Donald Trump’s paranoia on Tuesday by claiming “everyone” is disloyal to him, and that’s the reason why his administration has so many leaks. The anti-Trump Republican organization released a new ad that begins by mocking Trump over the numerous polls showing former Vice President Joe Biden with the upper hand in the …

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Politico: Dems “Smell A Rout” Coming In November

Politico reports: Donald Trump’s collapsing poll numbers have Democrats thinking bigger than just winning the White House and seizing the Senate — they’re imagining a rout that extends all the way down the ballot. Intent on not repeating the mistakes of 2010 under then-President Barack Obama, the party is seizing on a once-in-a-decade opportunity to drive the redistricting process — …

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MAINE: Collins Challenger +4 In New US Senate Poll

The Bangor Daily News reports: A poll released Monday showed House Speaker Sara Gideon with a narrow lead over Sen. Susan Collins, with the Democrat receiving 46 percent support compared with 42 percent for the Republican incumbent. Both the primary and the general election will be decided by ranked-choice voting. Several independents, including former Green candidate Lisa Savage and conservative …

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Supreme Court Rules 9-0 Against “Faithless Electors”

NBC News reports: The 538 people who cast the actual votes for president in December as part of the Electoral College are not free agents and must vote as the laws of their states direct, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The unanimous decision in the “faithless elector” case was a defeat for advocates of changing the Electoral College, who …

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Data Shows Trump’s Attacks On Biden Aren’t Working

Axios reports: President Trump built his political brand by stoking the nation’s culture wars, but search data is showing us how much harder it’s been for him to replicate that success while running against another white man in his 70s — and while there’s a coronavirus pandemic. The big picture: Google Trends data shows Trump’s “Sleepy Joe” name-calling isn’t generating …

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Joe Biden: Trump Is Eroding America’s Foundation

From an op-ed published today by Joe Biden: That pursuit of a more perfect union has been thrown off course in recent years — and no one bears more responsibility than President Donald Trump. Every day, he finds new ways to tarnish and dismantle our democracy — from baseless attacks on our voting rights to the use of military force …

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