2020 Elections

Obama Issues Multiple State-Specific Voting Tutorials

CBS News reports: Former president Barack Obama released multiple state-specific tutorials on how to vote on Tuesday, 21 days before the Nov. 3 election. Looking straight into the camera, Obama said, “So much is at stake in this election, from getting the pandemic under control to building a fairer economy to taking on climate change to protecting our healthcare. You …

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Obama To Hit Campaign Trail In Support Of Biden

ABC News reports: Former President Barack Obama is expected to hit the campaign trail “soon” for Joe Biden, his former vice president — a move that could help animate Democrats as the presidential race enters its pivotal final weeks. “President Obama plans to hit the trail soon, in addition to all the other activities he’s undertaken all year in support …

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Joe Biden +3 In New Monmouth North Carolina Poll

ABC News reports: A new poll finds Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden with a slight advantage over President Trump in North Carolina, which Trump carried by less than 3 points in 2016. The latest Monmouth University poll finds Biden at 49 percent and Trump at 46 percent in the state, with 3 percent supporting Libertarian Party candidate Jo Jorgensen and …

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TX Gov Wins Appeals Court Battle On Drop Boxes

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas counties may collect mail-in ballots at only one location, a federal appeals court ruled late Monday, once again upholding an order from Gov. Greg Abbott that restricts voting options. Abbott in July acted to lengthen the early voting period and allow voters to deliver completed absentee ballots in person for longer than the normal period. …

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Handicapper Shifts Three Senate Races Towards Dems

The Hill reports: The Cook Political Report on Tuesday shifted Senate races in Georgia, Texas and Alaska, all with Republican incumbents, toward Democrats. Cook changed its rating for Alaska’s Senate race from “Likely Republican” to “Lean Republican. In Texas, Cook also shifted the race from “Likely Republican” to “Lean Republican.” Cook also shifted Georgia’s special Senate election from “Lean Republican” …

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AK High Court Boots Witness Law For Absentee Ballots

The Anchorage Daily News reports: Alaskans do not need to have a second person sign their absentee ballots, the Alaska Supreme Court said on Monday, confirming a lower-court decision. A record number of Alaskans are voting absentee this year, and “improper or insufficient witnessing” has consistently been the top reason for rejected absentee ballots during the past few primary elections, …

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Zuckerberg Gives Another $100M For Election Costs

The Washington Post reports: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced Tuesday an additional $100 million in donations to local governments to pay for polling place rentals, poll workers, personal protective equipment and other election administration costs over the coming weeks. The donation, which follows a previous gift of $300 million for state and local governments …

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California GOP Admits Placing 50+ Fake Drop Boxes

The New York Times reports: The California Republican Party has admitted responsibility for placing more than 50 deceptively labeled “official” drop boxes for mail-in ballots in Los Angeles, Fresno and Orange Counties — an action that state officials said was illegal and could lead to voter fraud. The dark gray metal boxes have been popping up over the past two …

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Biden: “I’m Not A Fan” Of Expanding Supreme Court

The New York Times reports: Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday gave his clearest answer in weeks regarding his position on expanding the Supreme Court, saying that he was “not a fan” of the concept but preferred to keep attention on Republican efforts to fill the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with their own nominee only weeks before Election …

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GOP Loses Bid To Limit MN Count Of Absentee Ballots

The Associated Press reports: A federal judge has upheld a Minnesota state court agreement that allows the counting of absentee ballots received up to seven days after Election Day. Republicans had asked U.S. District Judge Nancy Brasel to block the seven-day extension that said ballots postmarked on or before Election Day must be counted. Brasel ruled late Sunday night that …

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Biden Tops 270 In Politico’s Electoral College Forecast

Politico reports: Joe Biden has reached 270 electoral votes for the first time since POLITICO’s Election Forecast debuted late last year. In addition to a double-digit national lead, Biden has built a stable advantage in the three Great Lakes States that put Donald Trump over the top in 2016: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Our latest presidential-race ratings now have Biden …

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Kanye Launches “Write Me In” Ad Campaign [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Kanye West is calling on the country to vote for him as a write-in candidate in the first political ad for his long-shot White House bid. “We as a people will revive our nation’s commitment to faith,” the “Yeezus” rapper said in the ad released Monday. “By turning to faith, we will be the kind of nation, …

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Record 574 Openly LGBTQ Candidates On 2020 Ballot

NBC News reports: More lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer candidates will appear on ballots across the country this November than ever before, according to a new report from the LGBTQ Victory Fund, a group that trains, supports and advocates for queer candidates. At least 1,006 openly LGBTQ people ran or are still running for office this election cycle, up …

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Snoop Dogg Partners With Dems: “Drop It In The Box”

NBC News reports: Rap icon Snoop Dogg has launched a campaign to urge voters to get their 2020 Presidential Election mail-in ballots to area drop boxes in plenty of time. In a new 60-second ad as part of the Democratic National Committee, Snoop Dogg delivers the message with a slight remix of his 2004 hit song, “Drop It Like It’s …

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Georgia Sees Long Lines As Early Voting Begins

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Eager Georgia voters swarmed to polling places Monday morning for the start of three weeks of early voting before Election Day. Voters filled parking lots and waited in lines to lock in their choices in advance of Nov. 3. Even before voting sites opened, voters wrapped around buildings and prepared for delays. Technical problems held up …

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Handicapper: GOP May Lose Up To 15 House Seats

Politico reports: The undertold story in Washington right now is how Kevin McCarthy’s House Republican minority is likely to thin quite significantly after this election. Steve Shepard, our election guru, has moved a few Republican incumbents’ seats toward Democrats in his forecast: Reps. Anne Wagner in the St. Louis burbs, Jim Hagedorn in Minnesota and Steve Chabot in the Cincinnati …

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Politico: How Biden Could Win By Election Night

Politico reports: President Donald Trump has demanded to know the results of the 2020 election on election night, even though some states warn that it will take days to count their votes. But if there is a winner declared on Nov. 3, it will almost certainly be bad news for the president. While vote counting could be delayed in many …

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CBS Poll: Biden +6 In NV, Biden +6 In MI, Tied In IA

CBS News reports: Most voters in the battleground states of Michigan, Nevada and Iowa feel President Trump set a bad example for the nation during his own recent battle with the coronavirus, handling things in a way they call irresponsible.  More voters say it made them feel angry rather than feel confident, and many even say they were offended. Most …

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Jaime Harrison Breaks Senate Fundraising Record

Politico reports: South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison raised a staggering $57 million in the third quarter of this year, shattering the previous record for a Senate candidate as he seeks to unseat GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham. The haul only increases Harrison’s massive financial advantage over Graham, who is seeking a fourth term in the Senate and facing the most competitive …

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Biden +12 Over Trump In ABC/WaPo National Poll

ABC News reports: Joe Biden holds a 17-point lead over Donald Trump in trust to handle the coronavirus pandemic in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, powering the Democrat to a double-digit advantage in vote preference with the presidential election three weeks away. In the aftermath of his own COVID-19 diagnosis, two-thirds of registered voters say Trump failed to take …

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