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Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 8.17.20

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


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

* In the latest national polling, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found Joe Biden leading Donald Trump among registered by nine points (50% to 41%), while CNN's poll showed the Democrat ahead by four points (50% to 46%), and the ABC News/Washington Post poll found the former vice president up by 12 points (53% to 41%).

* On a related note, consider an interesting observation from Harry Enten: "In the 13 previous elections in which an incumbent was running for another term, no challenger has ever been at or above 50% in the polls at this point in the campaign."

* The latest data suggests Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has been a welcome addition to the Democratic ticket: the ABC News/Washington Post poll found a majority of Americans approve of Biden's choice.

* Late last week, shortly after the president's highly provocative comments about undermining the U.S. Postal Service deliberately, the National Association of Letter Carriers endorsed Biden's candidacy. The union represents nearly 300,000 active and retired postal workers.

* New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced late last week that his state will join several others in conducting its general election mostly by mail as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

* A New York Times analysis found that two-thirds of the Trump campaign's television ads "contained clearly misleading claims or videos." I'm a little surprised the percentage isn't higher.

* As you've probably heard, a stripped down Democratic National Convention will begin this evening. Among tonight's most notable speakers are former First Lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

* Kanye West and his Republican operative allies are moving forward with plans to get the entertainer on more presidential ballots, now targeting the competitive states of Minnesota and Virginia. West has also registered to vote for the first time, and not surprisingly given his efforts to help Trump, he registered as a Republican.