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Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 9.18.20

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

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

* Election Day 2020 may officially be 46 days away, but early voting is underway today in Virginia, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Early voting begins tomorrow in Vermont and New Jersey.

* The Detroit Free Press reports that a state judge in Michigan has ruled that the state must count all ballots, even if they arrive after the polls close, so long as they arrive in the mail before election results are certified. Those ballots will, however, need to be postmarked no later than Nov. 2. Similarly, a federal judge this morning ruled against Michigan's longstanding ban on transporting voters to the polls.

* Speaking of the Wolverine State a new EPIC/MRA poll found Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in Michigan, 48% to 40%, while in the state's U.S. Senate race, the same survey found incumbent Sen. Gary Peters (D) leading John James (R), 45% to 41%.

* In Arizona, a new New York Times/Siena poll found Biden leading Trump, 49% to 40%, while in the state's U.S. Senate race, the same survey found Mark Kelly (D) leading incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R) 50% to 42%.

* In Maine, the New York Times/Siena poll found Biden leading Trump, 55% to 38%, while in the state's U.S. Senate race, the same survey found Sara Gideon (D) leading incumbent Sen. Susan Collins (R) 49% to 44%.

* In North Carolina, the New York Times/Siena poll found Biden with a narrow advantage over Trump, 45% to 44%, while in the state's U.S. Senate race, the same survey found Cal Cunningham (D) leading incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R) 42% to 37%.

* Speaking of competitive Senate races, is South Carolina's contest really going to be competitive? Yesterday, the DSCC reportedly announced plans for a seven-figure investment in the contest, suggesting the party genuinely believes Jamie Harrison (D) has a legitimate shot against incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R).

* In Alabama's U.S. Senate race, retired college football coach Tommy Tuberville (R) was asked yesterday about the Voting Rights Act. His answer suggested he's not at all familiar with the landmark law.

* And the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported late yesterday that the University of Georgia has reversed course and will allow "in-person, on-campus early voting next month at the school's basketball arena."