Biden and Trump campaigns, party committees raise over $60 million each in April

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May 12, 2020: Biden’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $60.5 million in April. Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $61.7 million. The Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws committee will meet on Tuesday. blank    blankblank   

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“Bottom line: By making it a little easier to vote, voting by mail probably increases the likelihood of the marginal Democratic voter engaging in the process. (Though younger and lower-income voters, who tend to vote at lower rates, also tend to not take advantage of voting by mail.) But it also makes it easier for more habitual older voters, who tend to vote more Republican than younger voters, to cast a ballot. Thus, on balance, any associated partisan effects from voting by mail have tended to cancel out.

We should be careful to apply past patterns to 2020, though. The states that moved to universal voting did so gradually, over several election cycles. So we’ve never seen anything on the scale of what we might see in 2020. The obvious implication is that efforts to expand absentee voting in a pandemic might work differently. And maybe there will be partisan differences in who chooses to vote by mail, as we saw in Wisconsin’s primary.

But we may also learn something more about how states implement voting-by-mail systems and what those impacts are. (For example, is postage prepaid? How easy is it to request a ballot? How easy is it to correct a rejected ballot?) We may also see that different campaign tactics are more effective in getting people to vote by mail than getting people to vote in person. At the very least, we’ll almost certainly see tremendous variation on both counts — variation that will give us a new cottage industry of studies that refine our understanding of how vote by mail impacts turnout, or at least how it impacted turnout in 2020.”

– Lee Drutman, FiveThirtyEight 

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised $60.5 million in April.

  • Biden wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post titled “How the White House coronavirus response presents us with a false choice.” Biden said, “States and cities that have attempted to reopen are discovering that the economy isn’t a light switch you can simply flip on — people need confidence to make it run, and that confidence must be earned by credible leadership and demonstrable safety.”

  • The Democratic National Committee’s rules and bylaws committee will meet on Tuesday to consider a resolution regarding contingency plans for the Democratic National Convention.

  • Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee raised $61.7 million in April.

  • Trump tweeted regarding opposition to coronavirus restrictions in Pennsylvania, where he plans to visit this week, “The great people of Pennsylvania want their freedom now, and they are fully aware of what that entails. The Democrats are moving slowly, all over the USA, for political purposes. They would wait until November 3rd if it were up to them. Don’t play politics. Be safe, move quickly!”

Flashback: May 12, 2016

Trump met with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a group of Republican senators, and other party leaders in a series of meetings in Washington. Ryan commented, “The goal here is to unify the various wings of the party around common principles so we can go forward unified.” One senator stated, “It was not antagonistic. It was positive. There was a discussion of differences of some issues.”blank

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