Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 6.26.20

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* Fox News yesterday released several statewide presidential polls, which found Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in Florida (49% to 40%), Georgia (47% to 45%), North Carolina (47% to 45%), and Texas (45% to 44%). The Republican ticket carried each of these four states in 2016.

* In North Carolina's closely watched U.S. Senate race, Fox News' poll found Cal Cunningham (D) narrowly leading incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R), 39% to 37%. The same survey found 6% supporting a third-party candidate, while the rest remain undecided.

* On a related note, the latest Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina found Biden with a slight lead over Trump in the state (48% to 46%), while in the Senate race, PPP found Cunningham ahead of Tillis (44% to 40%).

* In Georgia's closely watched U.S. Senate race, Fox News' poll found incumbent Sen. David Perdue (R) leading his challenger Jon Ossoff (D), but not by much: 45% to 42%.

* As of this morning, the Texas Republican Party is still planning to hold a live, in-person state convention in about three weeks. The event is scheduled to take place in Houston, which is struggling with a severe coronavirus outbreaks.

* Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told reporters on a conference call yesterday, "We put no stock in public polls of any kind." Keep that in mind the next time the president tweets about an obscure survey that makes him feel better.

* Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani last week requested more than the agreed upon schedule of three presidential debates. Asked about this last night, Trump seemed to distance himself from his own team's request, saying, "I didn't say I want more."

* Biden delivered remarks in Lancaster, Pa., yesterday, taking aim at the president's response to the coronavirus pandemic. "[Trump's] like a child who can't believe this has happened to him — all his whining and self-pity," the former vice president said. "Well, this pandemic didn't happen to him. It happened to all of us. And his job isn't to whine about it. His job is to do something about it, to lead."