Pro-Trump America First Action announces $22 million ad buy in FL, PA, WI, and OH

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September 9, 2020: The pro-Trump America First Action announced a $22 million ad buy in four battleground states. Maine Secretary of State Matthw Dunlap said he would proceed with printing ballots that included ranked choice voting for the presidential race.


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Notable Quote of the Day

“I would say this about an October surprise. I mean, given this year, it’d be unlikely that there wouldn’t be a major turn of events between now and the election. But there will be no surprise that has to do with Trump. It’s just not possible. Everything that anybody could possibly think about him, good or bad, they already think. Like, when you think about a bell curve, he’s already at the tails. So, any surprise that happens will be a surprise around Biden-Harris.”

– Beth Hansen, former campaign manager for John Kasich

Election Updates

  • The Maine Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that an appeal regarding a veto referendum on ranked choice voting effectively put its inclusion on the ballot on hold. As a result, Maine Secretary of State Matthw Dunlap said he would proceed with printing ballots that included ranked choice voting for the presidential race.
  • Joe Biden will speak in Warren, Michigan, about American manufacturing on Wednesday. Biden last visited the state in March.
  • Biden began airing two ads on leadership and Social Security and Medicare in key battleground states. The ads are part of a previously announced $47 million ad campaign this week.
  • The pro-Donald Trump America First Action announced a $22 million ad buy in Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ohio that will run until Election Day. The ads will focus on protests in Wisconsin and other states, Biden’s mental acuity, and calls to defund the police.
  • While speaking in Florida on Tuesday, Trump said he planned to expand a moratorium on offshore drilling to the Atlantic coasts of Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia.
  • Trump is airing radio ads in urban markets in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida featuring former professional football player Herschel Walker and Georgia Democrat Vernon Jones. The spots focus on criminal justice and economic empowerment for Black Americans.
  • The Arizona Supreme Court ruled that Kanye West’s electors were invalid because they did not submit a document stating their names and political parties.

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