CatholicVote launches $9.7 million anti-Biden campaign

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September 16, 2020: National political advocacy group CatholicVote launched a $9.7 million ad campaign against Joe Biden. The Jo Jorgensen campaign announced that it had met ballot access requirements in all 50 states.

Facebook Spending, September 7-13, 2020

“Campaigns have also been forced to reconsider their conception of Pennsylvania’s political geography. The conventional wisdom was that western and eastern Pennsylvania were Democratic and central Pennsylvania was solidly Republican (memorably summarized by Democratic strategist James Carville’s quote that, between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was just Alabama). While this may have been true (at least politically) in, say, 2000, working-class western and northeastern Pennsylvania have slowly but surely been getting redder. As a result, Pennsylvania’s new geographic divide is between southeastern Pennsylvania and the rest of the state — in other words, the parts of the state that are culturally Northeastern and the parts that are culturally Midwestern or Appalachian.”

– Nathaniel Rakich, FiveThirtyEight

Election Updates

  • Joe Biden is delivering remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, about public health concerns and a COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday.
  • The Biden campaign began airing new ads in battleground states on Wednesday focused on healthcare and the Affordable Care Act. The campaign is spending $65 million on television, radio, and print advertising this week.
  • Scientific American endorsed Biden on Tuesday, marking the popular science magazine’s first presidential endorsement in its 175-year history.
  • National political advocacy group CatholicVote launched a $9.7 million ad campaign against Biden beginning with digital ads in Michigan and Pennsylvania focused on abortion.
  • Donald Trump will remain in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, where he will hold a call with Jewish leaders in the afternoon and deliver remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee Battleground Dinner in the evening.
  • Trump discussed his response to the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare, and policing standards during a town hall in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
  • The Jo Jorgensen campaign announced on Monday that it had met ballot access requirements in all 50 states. Jorgensen is the fifth Libertarian candidate to reach this milestone following candidates in 1980, 1992, 1996, and 2016.

What We’re Reading

Flashback: September 16, 2016

The country’s largest law enforcement union, the National Fraternal Order of Police, endorsed Donald Trump.

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