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Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 8.14.20

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


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

* Despite the president's relentless campaign against mail-in voting, Donald and Melania Trump this week requested absentee ballots from Florida that they can mail in.

* The latest Fox News poll found Joe Biden leading Trump nationally, 49% to 42%. That seven-point margin isn't great for the president, but it's a slight improvement from the eight-point gap in Fox News' poll in July.

* The news for the Republican incumbent was far less encouraging in the new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, which showed the Delaware Democrat leading Trump, 53% to 42%. In June, the same poll found Biden ahead by eight points.

* The Associated Press reported that the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday left in place "an agreement that allows Rhode Island residents to vote by mail through November's general election without getting signatures from two witnesses or a notary." As a result of the pandemic, state officials agreed to suspend the onerous requirements, prompting a lawsuit from the RNC and the state Republican Party, which hoped to make voting more difficult.

* In the 48 hours after Biden introduced Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) as his running mate, the Democratic campaign raised $48 million. In all of 2019, the former vice president raised just over $60 million.

* The L.A. Times reported overnight that Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles "will host a voting site for November's election, the team announced Thursday, partnering with LeBron James' More Than a Vote coalition to become the first MLB team to make its stadium available as a polling place."

* In Colorado, Sen. Cory Gardner is the only Republican Senate incumbent running in a state Donald Trump lost. It's against this backdrop that the GOP incumbent is running Facebook ads touting his ties to the president, but it's apparently targeting people outside his home state.

* And four years after losing his former home state by more than 22 points, Trump told the New York Post yesterday his campaign is "putting New York in play" in 2020, adding that he and his team are "going to try very hard to win New York." The Trump campaign is currently investing $0 in New York advertising, and if that changes, I'll let you know.