Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 7.10.20

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

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

* Joe Biden spoke at a metal works plant in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, yesterday, where the presumptive Democratic nominee made the case to a socially distanced audience that Donald Trump is "exactly the wrong person to lead us at this moment."

* The day after local officials in Houston canceled the upcoming Texas Republican Party state convention, GOP officials went to court to reverse the decision. Late yesterday, a Harris County judge denied the party’s request for a court order that would've allowed the original schedule to proceed.

* As part of his offensive against mail-in voting, the president this morning condemned postal balloting as "a formula for RIGGING an election." Apparently eager to undermine public confidence in his own country's electoral system, Trump added, "Rigged Election!!! 20% fraudulent ballots?"

* In related news, CNN reported this week that the Republican National Committee did a robocall in April -- voiced by presidential daughter-in-law Lara Trump -- which said voting by mail could be done "safely and securely."

* In North Carolina, the latest Policy Polling survey found Biden leading Trump in the state, 50% to 46%. The Republican ticket carried North Carolina by nearly four points in 2016, and the state has only backed a Democratic presidential candidate once since 1980 (Barack Obama very narrowly won the state in 2008).

* Just as notably, the same PPP survey found Cal Cunningham (D) with a surprisingly large lead over incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R), 47% to 39%.

* And if the president hopes to compete in his sort-of home state of New York, he should probably lower his expectations: the latest Siena poll, conducted in late June, found Trump trailing Biden in the state by 25 points.