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Weekly Presidential News Briefing: July 24, 2020

Friday, July 24, 2020:

Every weekday, Ballotpedia tracks the news, events, and results of the 2020 presidential election. Here’s the latest from the campaign trail.

The Cook Political Report updated its race ratings on July 24, 2020:

Florida moved from Toss Up to Lean Democratic.

Notable Quotes of the Day

“Polls show a tight race for president in Georgia, forcing Trump to start airing ads in the state over the summer. And Republican-aligned groups are pouring more than $21 million into TV campaigns backing GOP candidates for Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats on the ballot.

But Biden’s campaign still has little organizational footprint in Georgia, relying instead on the state Democratic Party and surrogates to promote his campaign and drive outreach efforts. The state party shifted its organizing apparatus to focus on vote-by-mail, resulting in more than 1.6 million voter contacts revolving around absentee ballots this year.”
Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Most concerning are the deep fakes that could occur around the 2020 presidential campaign and election, particularly as voting patterns shift due to COVID restrictions. Messages about polling places, voting methods (mail-in, etc.) and whom to vote for are already ripe for disinformation campaigns from our adversaries looking to sew chaos. But imagine a deep fake campaign in which the voices Americans trust – governors, state officials, prominent community leaders, faith leaders, veteran journalists – are hijacked and swapped out for alternative messages. A campaign to trick voters into casting their ballots incorrectly – or at the wrong place or time – could disenfranchise large numbers of Americans.”

Jeremy Bash, managing director at Beacon Global Strategies, and Michael Steed, founder of Paladin Capital Group

Week In Review

Jacksonville convention events canceled

Donald Trump announced on Thursday that the Jacksonville portion of the Republican National Convention had been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “I looked at my team and I said the timing for this event is not right. It’s just not right,” Trump said.

The party will conduct official business on the first day in Charlotte. Trump is also still expected to formally accept the party’s nomination, although the timing and location of his speech is not yet known.

Spending in 2020 presidential election crosses $1 billion mark

Spending in the 2020 presidential election cycle has passed the $1 billion mark, with Donald Trump and his affiliated party committees spending over $900 million since 2017 and Joe Biden crossing $165 million since he entered the race.

New campaign ads this week target battleground states and Latino voters

The  Joe Biden campaign launched a $15 million advertising campaign across digital, radio, and print formats in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The campaign, which includes English- and Spanish-language ads, will run for a week.

Biden also released a video on Thursday featuring him and Barack Obama talking about the presidency, the coronavirus pandemic, healthcare, and other issues. The campaign titled the video “President Obama and Vice President Biden: A Socially Distanced Conversation.”

The Donald Trump campaign released a Spanish-language ad in the Miami media market focused on criticizing the Goya Foods boycott and comparing Biden to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

Jo Jorgensen released a digital campaign ad, “War Is Over,” on foreign policy and national security. “We need to have a strong military defending our shores, but there’s no reason for us to be defending the rest of the world. It only makes things worse. We’ve got to come home,” Jorgensen says in the clip.

Caregiving economy

Joe Biden introduced the third plank of his “Build Back Better” program during a speech in New Castle, Delaware, on Tuesday. The proposal, which focuses on what Biden calls the caregiving economy, would offer a $5,000 tax credit to unpaid caregivers of family members and up to $16,000 in tax credits for families with two or more children in households that make up to $125,000 per year.

Kanye West rallies in South Carolina, files for Illinois ballot

During his first campaign rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday, Kanye West said expectant parents should receive up to $1 million in financial support. He also criticized Harriet Tubman, saying she “never actually freed the slaves. She just had the slaves go work for other white people.”

While he did not make the ballot in South Carolina, he filed to appear on the Illinois ballot as an independent presidential candidate on Monday.

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What we read this week

Flashback: July 20- 24, 2016

  • July 20, 2016: The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce endorsed Hillary Clinton.
  • July 21, 2016: The Republican National Convention concluded with a speech from Donald Trump.
  • July 22, 2016: Hillary Clinton announced that she had chosen Sen. Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate.
  • July 23, 2016: The Democratic Rules Committee voted to establish a Unity Commission tasked with making recommendations on the primary process.
  • July 24, 2016: Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would resign after leaked emails suggested party officials favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.

Weekly Presidential News Briefing: July 17th, 2020

July 17th 2020: Every Friday, Ballotpedia tracks the weekly news, events, and results of the 2020 presidential election.

Here’s the latest from the campaign trail.

Candidates by the Numbers

Sabato’s Crystal Ball updated its race ratings on July 14, 2020: Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Utah moved from Safe Republican to Likely Republican.

Notable Quotes of the Day

“Like Texas, Georgia has become increasingly competitive. But Republican presidential nominees have won a majority of the statewide vote in each of the past five presidential contests, and Democrats must prove they can carry the state in a neutral presidential year, not just do well when an unpopular Republican president is in the White House.

The same goes for Texas. Are we seeing a fundamental shift in the state because of new voters and new allegiances? Or will Texas return to its Republican moorings if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the presidency, national Democrats move to the left, and more traditional Republicans once again define the party nationally and in the state? The burden is on the Democrats to prove Texas has become a swing state.

For now, all we can say is that Texas is competitive. We won’t know whether it has become a swing state until we look back on its subsequent electoral behavior. My guess is that it will take at least a few more years.”

Stuart Rothenberg, Roll Call

“Of course, the polls could be even further off this time than four years ago. But there are also many reasons to think they could be better this time around.

Perhaps most important, many pollsters now weight their sample to properly represent voters without a college degree. The failure of many state pollsters to do so in 2016 is widely considered one of the major reasons the polls underestimated Mr. Trump’s support. Voters without a four-year college degree are far less likely to respond to telephone surveys — and far likelier to support Mr. Trump. By our estimates, weighting by education might move the typical poll by as much as four points in Mr. Trump’s direction.”

Nate Cohn, The New York Times

Week in Review

Trump replaces Brad Parscale as campaign manager

Donald Trump replaced former campaign manager Brad Parscale with Bill Stepien on Wednesday. Stepien previously served as deputy campaign manager. He also worked as the national director for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Parscale will remain with the campaign as a senior advisor for digital and data operations.

Biden announces $2 trillion climate plan

Joe Biden announced his $2 trillion green infrastructure and jobs plan during an event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. His plan aims for carbon-free power generation by 2035. His proposal said he would rebuild infrastructure, including bridges, electricity grids, and universal broadband; create one million jobs in electric vehicle manufacturing; and subsidize replacement programs for electric cars.

Trump Victory expands field operation

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

“In an election like this, where it’s going to come down to a few thousand votes in a couple of states, that’s when your ground game matters,” said RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel.

Hawkins wins the Green Party presidential nomination

Howie Hawkins won the Green Party presidential nomination at the virtual Green National Convention on July 11. Hawkins was the Green Party nominee for governor of New York in 2010, 2014, and 2018. His running mate is Angela Walker.

Facebook considers banning political ads

Facebook is considering banning political advertisements in the days before the November 3 general election, according to Bloomberg. “A halt on ads could defend against misleading election-related content spreading as people prepare to vote. Still, there are concerns that an ad blackout may hurt ‘get out the vote’ campaigns, or limit a candidate’s ability to respond widely to breaking news or new information,” Bloomberg reported.

Kanye West on the ballot in Oklahoma

Kanye West qualified to appear on the ballot in Oklahoma as an independent candidate, after a representative filed with the state and paid the $35,000 fee on Wednesday.

The day before, election strategist Steve Kramer told The Intelligencer that West was no longer running for president after exploring ballot access requirements in Florida.

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What We’re Reading

Flashback: July 13-16, 2016

  • July 13, 2016: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post arguing that Hillary Clinton should be denied access to national security briefings.
  • July 14, 2016: The Clinton campaign released an ad, “Role Models,” featuring children watching clips of Donald Trump making controversial statements.
  • July 15, 2016: Hillary Clinton met with three potential running mates: Julián Castro, John Hickenlooper, and Elizabeth Warren.
  • July 16, 2016: Donald Trump announced Mike Pence as his running mate during a press conference in Manhattan.

Weekly Presidential News Briefing: July 10th, 2020

Every weekday, Ballotpedia tracks the news, events, and results of the 2020 presidential election.

Here’s the latest from the campaign trail.

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Notable Quotes of the Week

“If [Kanye] West were serious about this, he would have had to have started a long time ago [to get on the ballot]. … Some [states] allow payment of a filing fee, but most require petitions, which can involve thousands of signatures. That’s a lot of door to door and shopping center parking lots. He’d better get busy!”

John Mark Hansen, political science professor at the University of Chicago

“Statistics suggest it’s fair for voters to consider age when deciding which candidate should spend the next four years in one of the world’s most stressful jobs.

There is a 21% chance that an average man of Biden’s age would not survive his first term and a 15% chance that an average man of Trump’s would not survive his second, according to a study examining the longevity and health of the presidential candidates conducted by S. Jay Olshansky, a professor of public health at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The author says it is likely, however, that both Biden and Trump are ‘super agers’ whose life expectancy would extend well beyond average.”

Steve Peoples, Associated Press

Week in Review

Biden, Unity Task Force release economic and policy proposals 

Joe Biden issued an economic proposal to boost U.S. manufacturing and technology firms. His plan would make a $400 million procurement investment in U.S. goods and services and spend $300 million on research and development. Biden also said he would strengthen and enforce Buy American laws.

The Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force also released a 110-page document with recommendations on climate change, environmental justice, criminal justice, the economy, education, and other policy issues on Wednesday. The proposal included additional details about Biden’s public option healthcare plan that would compete with private insurers. Medicare for All was not mentioned.

Trump hits the campaign trail

Donald Trump is traveling to Florida on Friday for both official and campaign business. He is meeting with the U.S. Southern Command to discuss its counternarcotics operations and attending a fundraiser in Hillsboro Beach.

Trump was scheduled to hold an outdoor rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Saturday, but the event was postponed due to weather. He last visited the state on Feb. 10.

Kanye West announces presidential run as Birthday Party candidate

Music producer and entrepreneur Kanye West tweeted on July 4 that he was running for president of the United States. 

In an interview with Forbes, West said he was running as a member of the self-created Birthday Party with Wyoming preacher Michelle Tidball as his running mate. West said he had 30 days to make a final decision before ballot access became an issue. He added that his announcement was not a publicity stunt for his upcoming album.

As of Friday morning, West has not filed his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission.

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Biden expands presidential campaign staff

Joe Biden hired Brendan McPhillips, who led Pete Buttigieg’s successful presidential campaign in Iowa, to be his state director in Pennsylvania. Sinceré Harris was also named a senior adviser in the state.

Biden brought on two new senior staff members in Iowa: Jackie Norris as senior adviser and Lauren Dillon as campaign director. Donald Trump won Iowa in the 2016 election by 9.4 percentage points.

To improve outreach to people of color, Biden also hired three aides: Pili Tobar as communications director for coalitions, Ramzey Smith as African American media director, and Jennifer Molina as Latino media director.

Biden, Trump issue dueling Independence Day messages 

Joe Biden posted a video on Independence Day that featured images from protests throughout U.S. history and references to the Black Lives Matter movement. Along with the video, Biden tweeted, “Our nation was founded on a simple idea: We’re all created equal. We’ve never lived up to it — but we’ve never stopped trying. This Independence Day, let’s not just celebrate those words, let’s commit to finally fulfill them.”

Donald Trump delivered a speech at Mount Rushmore on July 3, where he condemned what he called a “left-wing cultural revolution.” He said, “And yet, as we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing. Our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled, they bled, and the nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out the history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.”

Five senators decline to attend Republican National Convention 

Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Chuck Grassley, Lamar Alexander, and Mitt Romney announced they will not be attending the Republican National Convention. Reasons for their decisions varied, including the coronavirus pandemic and its timing during a re-election year.

The Republican National Convention’s Jacksonville Host Committee also announced convention attendees will receive a temperature check and COVID-19 test daily.

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Julie Chávez Rodríguez is a Democratic staffer with experience in political engagement. Chávez Rodríguez graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in Latin American studies.   

Previous campaign work:

  • 2020 Kamala Harris presidential campaign
    • Traveling chief of staff 
    • Co-political director

Other experience:

  • Office of Sen. Kamala Harris, California state director
  • White House Office of Public Engagement, special assistant to the president and senior deputy director of public engagement
  • Department of the Interior
    • Director of youth employment
    • Deputy press secretary to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
  • Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, programs director

What We’re Reading

Flashback: July 7-10, 2016

  • July 7, 2016: FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Oversight Committee for more than four hours on his agency’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server use and the recommendation that no charges be brought against her. 
  • July 8, 2016: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump responded to a sniper attack on police officers in Dallas and police-involved shootings of Black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.
  • July 9, 2016: The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump was considering selecting a registered Democrat, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, to serve as his vice president. 
  • July 10, 2016: The Sun-Sentinel reported that Hillary Clinton was planning to launch a massive ground operation in Florida. Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook emphasized the importance of Broward County.

Biden raised $37.0 million, Trump $24.9 million in May

Joe Biden outraised Donald Trump by nearly a three-to-two margin last month, while Trump ended the month with a greater than five-to-four advantage in cash on hand, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission June 20.

The Biden campaign raised $37.0 million in May, 39% more than the Trump campaign’s $24.9 million. Biden’s campaign spent 71% more than Trump’s ($24.5 million to $11.7 million).

As of May 31, the Trump campaign had 27% more cash on hand than the Biden campaign ($108.1 million to $82.4 million). Trump has raised 28.6% more than Biden since the beginning of 2017 ($287.5 million to $215.4 million).

Biden’s campaign raised 15.3% less in May than it did in April ($37.0 million versus $43.7 million), while Trump’s raised 47.2% more ($24.9 million versus $16.9 million).

Trump’s $287.5 million in overall fundraising is the third-highest figure for any presidential candidate at this point in the past four cycles. The only candidate to raise more was Barack Obama (D), who had raised $375.4 million in inflation-adjusted dollars at this point in 2008 and $305.4 million at this point in 2012. Trump’s cash-on-hand total of $108.1 million is the second-highest in the past four cycles, bested only by Obama’s $126.2 million in inflation-adjusted cash on hand at this point in his re-election campaign.

Biden and Trump’s combined $317.9 million in fundraising is the third-highest in the four most recent election cycles. At this point in the 2008 campaign, Barack Obama (D) and John McCain (R) had raised a combined inflation-adjusted $532.7 million. Obama and Mitt Romney (R) had raised a combined $447.7 million in 2012, while Trump and Hillary Clinton (D) had raised a combined $317.9 million.

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Weekly Presidential News Briefing – May 29, 2020

Every weekday, Ballotpedia tracks the news, events, and results of the 2020 presidential election.

Here’s the latest from the campaign trail.

Notable Quotes of the Week

“Peter Navarro, a Trump trade and manufacturing adviser who’s a Harvard-educated economist, called the high unemployment America is currently facing ‘manufactured unemployment, which is to say that Americans are out of work not because of any underlying economic weaknesses but to save American lives. It is this observation that gives us the best chance and hope for a relatively rapid recovery as the economy reopens.’ …

The scenario would be a major long-term problem for any president. But before that reality sets in, Trump could be poised to benefit from the dramatic numbers produced during the partial rebound phase that is likely to coincide with the four months before November.

That realization has many Democrats spooked. …

[Democratic strategist Kenneth Baer said], ‘On Election Day, we Democrats need voters to ask themselves, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” Republicans need voters to ask themselves, “Are you better off than you were four months ago?”‘”

Ryan Lizza and Daniel Lippman, Politico 

“Just about every poll we’ve seen on this issue demonstrates bipartisan support for expanding vote-by-mail systems and offering Americans safe voting options this year.

If rejecting vote-by-mail is part of a Republican strategy to win in November, it’s a short-sighted one. Old-line opposition to voting reform is only alienating GOP voters at a time when many Republican Senate candidates are lagging behind Democrats in fundraising and polling. The same Hart Research Associates poll showed that 40 percent of Republicans would react unfavorably toward a GOP senator who opposed diversifying options for voting. The data are clear: Voters of both parties don’t want their access to the ballot to be limited. My party should listen to the voters.”

Michael Steele, National Review

“The Democratic Party is pushing mail-in voting as the safest way to cast ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic. But the party is struggling to persuade a bedrock constituency: African Americans. …

During the most recent national elections, the 2018 congressional midterms, only about 11% of black voters cast their ballots by mail, according to Census figures. That’s the lowest percentage of any measured ethnic group, and it’s just under half the rate of white voters.

There are a variety of reasons. For African Americans such as Fason, striding to the polls is a powerful act, both symbolic and substantive. Some black voters fear their mail ballots might get lost or rejected. African Americans are more transient than other racial groups and have high rates of homelessness, government statistics show, major barriers to mail voting.”

John Whitesides, Reuters

Week in Review

Biden wins Hawaii’s presidential primary

Joe Biden won the Hawaii Democratic primary on Friday, May 22, with 63.2% of the vote to Bernie Sanders’ 36.8%. Biden won 16 pledged delegates to Sanders’ eight. The primary was held entirely by mail in response to the coronavirus pandemic and incorporated ranked-choice voting. Hawaii’s Republican Party announced on December 11, 2019, that it would not hold a presidential preference vote.

Libertarian Party nominates presidential ticket

The Libertarian Party selected Jo Jorgensen as its presidential nominee on Saturday, May 23, during the Libertarian National Convention. Spike Cohen was selected as the party’s vice-presidential nominee the next day.

Biden apologizes, Trump campaign attacks over comments on The Breakfast Club

Biden apologized for saying, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” in an interview on The Breakfast Club. He said, “I know that the comments have come off like I was taking the African American vote for granted. But nothing could be further [from] the truth.” Trump’s campaign is spending $1 million on digital ads attacking Biden over his statement.   

Trump, RNC question location of national convention

Following a series of tweets from Trump regarding the possibility of moving the Republican National Convention away from Charlotte, North Carolina, Vice President Mike Pence stated, “We all want to be in Charlotte, we love North Carolina, but having a sense now is absolutely essential because of the immense preparations that are involved and we look forward to working with Gov. Cooper, getting a swift response, and if need be moving the national convention to a state that is farther along on reopening and can say with confidence that we can gather there.”  

According to Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, other states have offered to host the convention. McDaniel said, “The president is right to say to the governor, you need to assure us before we lock in all these hotel rooms and we bring all of this revenue to your state that you’re going to let us have this convention. … There’s a lot of states that are calling the president right now saying, hey, why don’t you bring that revenue to our state?”

On Thursday, RNC leaders sent North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) an outline of their planned safety precautions for the convention. The letter said, “If there are any additional guidelines to what is outlined above that we will be expected to meet, you need to let us know by Wednesday, June 3.” 

Coming up: Seven states and D.C. to hold presidential primaries Tuesday

Seven states and the District of Columbia are holding presidential primaries on Tuesday, June 2: Indiana, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Dakota. Four of the states rescheduled their primaries to June 2 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. One state—New Jersey—moved its primary from June 2 to July 7. Across the Democratic primaries, 479 pledged delegates are available to be allocated on June 2, which is 12% of all pledged delegates available. Only Super Tuesday, held on March 3, had more delegates at stake on one day. 

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Cole Blocker is a Republican staffer with experience in fundraising and campaign finance. Blocker graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor’s degree in management science and operations research.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign, aide to vice chairman for finance Woody Johnson
  • 2016 Jeb Bush presidential campaign, aide to national finance chairman Woody Johnson

Other experience:

  • 2017-2019: White House Visitors Office, deputy director
  • 2015-2017: Grigsby Applegate, LLC, project consultant

What we read this week

Flashback: May 26-29, 2016

  • May 29, 2016: Trump gave a speech at the Lincoln Memorial to participants in the Memorial Day weekend Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally. He said, “When you think of the great General Patton and all our generals, they are spinning in their graves when they watch we can’t beat ISIS. … We are going to knock the hell out of them.”
  • May 28, 2016: Bernie Sanders said in an interview on Meet the Press that if Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination, she would need to pick a progressive running mate who could “excite working families, excite young people, bring them into the political process, create a large voter turnout.”
  • May 27, 2016: After telling Jimmy Kimmel that he would debate Sanders if ABC made a donation to charity, Trump issued the following statement: “[N]ow that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. … Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders – and it would be an easy payday – I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”
  • May 26, 2016: In an ABC News interview following a State Department report on her use of a private email server while secretary of state, Clinton said, “This report makes clear that personal email use was the practice for other secretaries of state. … But it was still a mistake. And as I’ve said many times, if I could go back, I would do it differently. I know people have concerns about this, I understand that, but I think voters are going to be looking at the full picture of what I have to offer … and the full threat that Donald Trump offers our country.”

Jo Jorgensen wins Libertarian Party presidential nomination

The Libertarian Party selected Jo Jorgensen as its presidential nominee on Saturday, May 23, during the Libertarian National Convention.
Party delegates nominated six candidates to be on the initial ballot. Candidates were eliminated on each subsequent ballot until one candidate received a majority of the vote. Jorgensen received 51% of the vote on the fourth ballot, defeating candidates Jacob Hornberger and Vermin Supreme.
The Libertarian National Convention was originally scheduled to take place May 21-25 in Austin, Texas. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the nomination portion of the national convention was moved online from May 22-24. The party plans to conduct a separate in-person convention for other party business July 8-12 in Orlando, Florida.

Eight states to hold primaries on June 2 after four states push primaries back from April and May

Eight states are holding statewide primaries on June 2, 2020: Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota. Four states did not originally plan to hold primaries on this date, but postponed them amid the coronavirus pandemic. Maryland and Pennsylvania’s primaries were originally scheduled for April 28, Indiana’s primary was scheduled for May 5, and Idaho’s primary was scheduled for May 19.

Three states are holding their primaries largely by mail instead of in-person due to the pandemic. Idaho maintained its original election day, May 19, as the final day for voters to register to vote and request mail-in ballots. June 2 is the deadline for county clerks to receive mail-in ballots. All counties in Montana opted to conduct their primaries by mail after a state directive gave them the authority and choice to do so. Maryland is also conducting its primary largely by mail.

Three states expanded absentee voting in response to Covid-19. In Indiana, the regular absentee voting eligibility requirements were temporarily suspended, meaning all voters can request to vote by mail. Iowa and South Dakota, which have no-excuse absentee voting, sent absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. Iowa also extended the absentee voting period from 29 days before the election to 40 days.

In addition to moving its primary date, Pennsylvania is allowing counties to begin tabulating absentee ballots before 8 p.m. on election day and counties can temporarily consolidate polling places. In Pennsylvania, all voters are eligible to cast absentee ballots.

No changes to the statewide primary were announced for New Mexico amid the coronavirus pandemic. The state does not have eligibility requirements to vote absentee.

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RNC outraises DNC by nearly two-to-one, Republican Hill committees outraise Democratic counterparts

The Republican National Committee (RNC) outraised the Democratic National Committee (DNC) by nearly two-to-one in April, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on May 20. The DNC had reported its best fundraising totals of the campaign cycle in March 2020, outraising the RNC for the first time since October 2018.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) raised $11.5 million and spent $6.2 million last month, while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raised $9.0 million and spent $5.0 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the NRSC has raised 8.8% more than the DSCC ($109.5 million to $100.3 million). The NRSC’s 8.8% fundraising advantage is up from 7.0% in April but down from 10.1% in March.

On the House side, the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) raised $11.4 million and spent $8.0 million, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised $11.3 million and spent $9.6 million. So far in the cycle, the DCCC has raised 27.8% more than the NRCC ($179.8 million to $135.9 million). The DCCC’s 27.8% fundraising advantage is down from 30.0% in April and 30.9% in March.

At this point in the 2018 campaign cycle, Democrats led in both Senate and House fundraising, although their advantage in the House was smaller than in this cycle. The DSCC had raised 17.6% more than the NRSC ($76.3 million to $63.9 million), while the DCCC had raised 21.5% more than the NRCC ($150.9 million to $121.6 million).

Last month, the RNC raised $27.1 million and spent $27.0 million to the DNC’s $15.3 million in fundraising and $10.7 million in spending. So far in the 2020 cycle, the RNC has raised 72.4% more than the DNC ($345.7 million to $161.9 million). The RNC’s 72.4% fundraising advantage is down from 73.9% in April and 88.4% in March.

At this point in the 2016 campaign cycle (the most recent presidential cycle), the RNC had a smaller 44.0% fundraising advantage over the DNC ($150.4 million to $96.2 million).

So far in the 2020 cycle, the RNC, NRSC, and NRCC have raised 28.9% more than the DNC, DSCC, and DCCC ($591.1 million to $442.0 million). The Republican fundraising advantage is up from 28.4% in April but down from 35.0% in March.

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Biden outraised Trump in April, Trump continues to lead in overall fundraising and cash on hand

Joe Biden outraised Donald Trump by more than two-to-one last month, while Trump had a nearly two-to-one advantage in cash on hand, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on May 20.

The Biden campaign raised $43.6 million in April, 88% more than the Trump campaign’s $16.9 million. Biden’s campaign spent 50% more than Trump’s ($12.9 million to $7.7 million). As of April 30, the Trump campaign had 61% more cash on hand than the Biden campaign ($107.7 million to $57.1 million). Trump continues to lead Biden in overall fundraising since the beginning of 2017, having raised 38% more ($262.5 million to $178.4 million).

Biden’s campaign raised 6.6% less in April than it did in March ($43.6 million versus $46.7 million), while Trump’s raised 24.3% more ($16.9 million versus $13.6 million).

Trump’s $262.5 million in overall fundraising is the second-highest figure for any presidential candidate at this point in the past three elections. The only candidate that outraised Trump was Barack Obama (D), who had raised an inflation-adjusted $345.7 million as of May 2008. Trump’s cash-on-hand total of $107.7 million is also the second-highest during this time, bested only by Obama’s inflation-adjusted $132.4 million at this point in his re-election campaign.

Biden and Trump’s combined $441.0 million in fundraising is the second-highest combined total when compared to the past three election cycles. At this point in the 2008 campaign, Obama and John McCain (R) had raised a combined inflation-adjusted $473.2 million.

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Delaware postpones presidential preference primary a second time

On May 7, Delaware Gov. John Carney (D) announced a further postponement of the state’s presidential primary, this time to July 7. The presidential primary, which was originally scheduled to take place on April 28, was first postponed to June 2. Carney also announced that the state would mail absentee ballot applications automatically to all eligible voters in the primary.

Delaware is one of 20 states that have postponed state-level elections in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. It is also one of 26 states that have made modifications to their absentee/mail-in voting procedures in light of the outbreak.