2020 Elections

The latest coverage of the 2020 presidential, House and Senate elections

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    Stacey Abrams: ‘I would be willing to serve’ if asked to be Biden’s VP

    The Georgia Democrat is actively seeking the No. 2 spot on the Democratic ticket.

    Stacey Abrams said Sunday she would be willing to accept an offer to be former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate .

    Abrams, a former party leader in the Georgia legislature and 2018 candidate for governor, was not shy about making her case for a spot on the ticket in a pair of interviews — and also said Biden choosing a woman of color would "help promote not only diversity, but trust."

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    Biden wants a new stimulus 'a hell of a lot bigger' than $2 trillion

    In an interview, the 2020 candidate courts the progressive left by calling for a huge, new green infrastructure bill—while hammering banks, and Trump.

    Joe Biden wants a more progressive approach to economic stimulus legislation than Washington has taken so far, including much stricter oversight of the Trump Administration, much tougher conditions on business bailouts and long-term investments in infrastructure and climate that have so far been largely absent from congressional debates.

    In a fiery half-hour interview with POLITICO, the presumptive Democratic nominee sounded a bit like his angrier and less moderate primary rivals, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, though in unexpurgated Biden style. The former vice president said that the next round of coronavirus stimulus needs to be “a hell of a lot bigger” than last month’s $2 trillion CARES Act, that it needs to include massive aid to states and cities to prevent them from “laying off a hell of a lot of teachers and cops and firefighters,” and that the administration is already “wasting a hell of a lot of money.”

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    Trump grapples with a surprise threat: Too much Trump

    Some allies worry the president is damaging his reelection prospects with his dominance of the briefing room during a public health and economic crisis.

    Donald Trump’s top aides are fiercely debating a question their boss rarely confronted during his decades of jousting with tabloid newspapers, starring on reality TV shows and running a media-soaked presidential campaign: whether there’s such a thing as too much Donald Trump.

    A series of missteps during Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is triggering fears among some advisers that the president is damaging his reelection prospects with his communications during the crisis.

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    ‘There’s room for him to move’: Progressives press Biden on health care

    Sanders forces are pushing hard for more liberal policies.

    As Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden negotiate behind the scenes in advance of the Democratic National Convention, progressive leaders are concentrating their efforts on pressing the former vice president to adopt liberal changes to his health care policies — such as creating a more robust public option than the one he has already offered.

    Progressive groups that have been in talks with Biden’s campaign, including MoveOn, said lobbying the presumptive nominee on health care has shot to the top of the left's agenda amid the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, a once-in-a-century crisis.

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    States rush to prepare for huge surge of mail voting

    Election officials from vote-by-mail states are fielding calls from around the country offering guidance on voting during a pandemic.

    A huge surge in voting by mail is coming whether states prepare for it or not — and without clear direction from the federal government, states are preparing to muscle through their own changes to get ready for the glut of mail ballots coming their way in November.

    Wisconsin’s conflict-ridden April 7 elections went off without the state government making any major policy changes to encourage absentee voting, but more than two-thirds of voters cast their votes via the mail anyway, many times higher than the 12 percent absentee voting rate in the spring 2016 election. The surge overwhelmed election officials, with some staff working 100-hour weeks to try to fill all the ballot requests and reports of the state’s system crashing under the intense workload.

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    New evidence surfaces in Tara Reade allegation against Biden

    A 1993 video appears to show her mother calling the Larry King Show to discuss “problems” while working for “a prominent senator.”

    A 1993 video has surfaced that appears to show the mother of Tara Reade, the former aide to Joe Biden who has accused him of sexual assault, talking about "problems" her daughter faced on CNN’s "Larry King Live."

    As first reported by the Intercept, an unnamed woman from San Luis Obispo, California, called into King's show and said, "I’m wondering what a staffer would do besides go to the press in Washington? My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him."

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    Trump's poor poll numbers trigger GOP alarms over November

    Pump up Trump or go after Biden? Top Republicans are advocating different strategies for a struggling president to win reelection.

    Senior Republicans and President Donald Trump’s campaign are wrestling with how to best position him for November as the coronavirus poses a grave threat to his reelection.

    With Trump’s poll figures sagging in key battleground states six months out from the election, the Republican National Committee has launched a massive effort to reach some 20 million swing voters to make an affirmative case for his performance. But Trump campaign officials are taking a different approach: Rather than devoting resources to boost Trump’s numbers, which haven’t moved materially since he was elected, they want to go scorched earth against Joe Biden.

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    Biden predicts Trump will try to delay November election

    Biden has repeatedly blasted the idea of delaying the general election, even after multiple states delayed primaries and caucuses due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday predicted President Donald Trump will try to delay the 2020 presidential election in a ploy to snag a reelection victory.

    “Mark my words, I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can’t be held,” Biden said, according to a pool report of an online campaign event. “That’s the only way he thinks he can possibly win.”

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  9. employment

    Layoffs wreck the states that lifted Trump to the White House

    One of the only major battlegrounds seeing a lower claims rate than the national average is Wisconsin, according to the analysis.

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    Battleground states that handed Donald Trump the presidency four years ago are seeing higher-than-average layoffs amid an economic downturn wreaking havoc across the country — a dynamic that could hold major implications for November’s election.

    Job losses are piling up in places like Michigan, where more than one in four workers applied for unemployment benefits in the past five weeks, according to a POLITICO analysis of Labor Department data. In Pennsylvania, another key Rust Belt state that voted for Trump in 2016, nearly one-fourth of the workforce has filed an unemployment claim since mid-March. Ohio is seeing more than 17 percent of workers filing jobless claims, outpacing the national average of 16.1 percent, as is Minnesota, a state Trump narrowly lost.

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    Biden ad exposes a rift over China on the left

    The former vice president's effort to hit Trump as soft on Beijing is backfiring among parts of his base.

    Joe Biden’s effort to outflank President Donald Trump on China is leading to blowback from within his own political base.

    Some worry the rhetoric in a new Biden campaign ad could spur anti-Asian bias already on the rise because of the coronavirus pandemic. Others argue that Biden’s effort to sound tougher on China than Trump could backfire diplomatically in the long run.

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    Biden sexual assault allegation roils #MeToo movement

    Some worry about inadvertently advancing the political fortunes of a president who has been accused of sexual assault himself.

    In 2017, actress Alyssa Milano became one of the early advocates for the #MeToo movement when she tweeted, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted, write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” Legions of women went public with their stories in response.

    Two-and-a-half years later, Milano took to Twitter again — this time, to explain her self-described “silence” over sexual assault allegations against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made by ex-Senate aide Tara Reade.

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    Stacey Abrams signals 'concern' if Biden's VP pick isn't a woman of color

    After initially playing coy about whether she would accept the vice presidential gig, Abrams has shifted to openly campaigning for the job.

    Stacey Abrams said Wednesday that former Vice President Joe Biden should pick a woman of color to be his running mate in November.

    Last month during the final Democratic primary debate with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Biden committed to selecting a female running mate. The former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee has further indicated he might seek out a woman of color to join his ticket.

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    ‘The map is bigger now’: Coronavirus rewires 2020 election

    The pandemic and the economic dislocation it has caused is expanding the number of states in play.

    The economic and political impact of the coronavirus crisis is beginning to reverberate across the presidential battleground states, creating unforeseen red-state opportunities for Joe Biden but also offering promise for President Donald Trump in several Democratic-leaning states where his prospects once seemed limited.

    Interviews with more than 30 political strategists, campaign advisers and officials in both parties paint a portrait of an expanded swing state electoral map, upended by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic dislocation it has caused.

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    Internal Biden campaign rift opens over how to compete with Trump online

    Senior leaders are split over whether to hire Hawkfish, a digital firm financed by Mike Bloomberg.

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    Joe Biden’s campaign leadership is clashing over the future of its digital operation — a rift that comes as campaigning has moved largely online and as Biden faces a yawning deficit against President Donald Trump’s massive digital operation.

    The disagreement among Biden’s top advisers centers on whether to hire most of its digital team internally or to rely on the firm Hawkfish, which is backed financially by billionaire Mike Bloomberg and ran the digital operation for his presidential campaign.

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  15. OPINION | Coronavirus

    The Simplest Way to Avoid a Wisconsin-Style Fiasco on Election Day

    If voters don’t get absentee ballots on time, states can offer an easy-access write-in ballot—an option that already exists for Americans overseas.

    The fiasco surrounding Wisconsin’s April 7 primary election is still fresh: In the middle of a viral pandemic, crowded, in-person voting took place despite the governor’s stay-at-home order, while tens of thousands of voters did not receive absentee ballots in time to cast eligible votes by mail. Two election eve judicial decisions added to the confusion.

    Unfortunately, the November elections are at risk of looking similar. With coronavirus likely to remain a threat for months, some form of voting by mail, including in states historically unfamiliar with high rates of absentee voting, will be a public health necessity. But one issue with mail-in ballots, whether a state uses them just for absentee voters or for the entire election, is that they need to be postmarked or delivered to a polling station no later than Election Day. If local election offices can’t handle the increased demand for absentee ballots and voters don’t receive their ballots in time to cast them by Election Day, those voters are disenfranchised. And that, in turn, could lead to heated, possibly prolonged disputes about election outcomes.

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    ‘Another nail in an almost closed coffin’: Trump faces his next coronavirus test

    Trump’s advisers recognize his bumpy rollout of coronavirus testing represents a major vulnerability in an election year.

    President Donald Trump’s political fate now hinges on a simple premise: Everybody who needs a coronavirus test must be able to get a test.

    More than five weeks into a devastating shutdown of the U.S. economy, Trump’s aides and advisers inside and outside his administration now view disapproval of his preparedness for the coronavirus pandemic as his biggest political liability heading into the 2020 election.

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    Biden raised campaign-best $46.7 million in March

    But his fundraising slowed down in the second half of the month.

    Joe Biden raised $46.7 million in March, his campaign announced Monday, notching his best fundraising month of the campaign — and besting President Donald Trump — as he took control of the Democratic primary.

    The fundraising, prompted by Biden's strong win in South Carolina's primary on the last day of February and a cascade of Super Tuesday victories, amounted to more than half of what Biden had raised in the entire campaign prior to that month. Biden raised just over $88 million from the second quarter of 2019 through the end of February.

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    Democrats dream of Biden’s perfect running mate: An Obama

    Former first lady Michelle Obama has made clear she’s not interested in running for office. That isn’t stopping her admirers from trying to persuade her to do otherwise.

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    With the Democratic primary settled, the Rev. Al Sharpton says he now includes a political consideration in his daily prayers: God, please let Michelle Obama be Joe Biden’s running mate.

    Sharpton’s decision to implore a higher power is perhaps unique among Democrats, but the strong sentiment is commonplace among party leaders, operatives, rank-and-file voters — and it’s led many to hold out hope she’ll be Biden’s vice presidential pick.

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