Biden airs first general election ad in Texas

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July 14, 2020: Joe Biden is airing his first general election ad in Texas. Trump Victory hired 300 additional field staffers, bringing its total operation to 1,500.


Presidential poll highlights, 2019-2020 (CBS News/YouGov • Texas • July 7-10, 2020)


Presidential poll highlights, 2019-2020 (CBS News/YouGov • Florida • July 7-10, 2020)

Notable Quote of the Day

“Yet as more paths have opened for the Biden campaign to reach 270 in the electoral college – with Texas’ 38 electors a chance to upend both the race and reshape presidential politics for years to come – it comes with risk. Playing offense by pumping money into these states would come at the expense of resources elsewhere, namely Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, where Clinton’s margins of defeat were each less than 1 percentage point.

For the Biden campaign, it’s an electoral dilemma. …

Some party loyalists argue Biden could help that cause by expanding into Georgia, Iowa and Texas, which each have competitive Senate races featuring Republican incumbents. The same dynamics are true in North Carolina and Arizona, where Biden is already investing.

At the same time, Biden can’t afford to spend lavishly in states he can’t win.”

– Joey Garrison, USA Today

Election Updates

  • The Joe Biden campaign hired Latino Decisions, a firm specializing in Latino political outreach research, as part of a larger campaign to promote Latino voter turnout. His campaign has also hired several Latino aides and spent $1 million on Spanish-language outreach.

  • Biden is airing his first general election ad in Texas on Tuesday focused on the coronavirus pandemic. The digital and television ad buy is also running in Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina.

  • Priorities USA is airing an English- and Spanish-language ad in Florida presenting Donald Trump as a Latin American strongman.

  • Trump Victory, the joint effort between Trump and the Republican National Committee, has hired 300 additional staffers for field operations in 20 target states, bringing the total number of field staffers to 1,500.

  • Trump held a conference call with Alabama voters on Monday to promote Tommy Tuberville over Jeff Sessions in the Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate.

  • Trump retweeted a tweet on Monday that said the CDC, media, Democrats, and doctors were lying about COVID-19 to affect the election.

  • Angela Walker, the Green Party vice presidential nominee, discussed the politics of voting on I Mix What I Like.

Flashback: July 14, 2016

The Clinton campaign released an ad, “Role Models,” featuring children watching clips of Donald Trump making controversial statements.blank

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