Monday's Campaign Round-Up, 10.5.20

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

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

* The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed Joe Biden's national lead over Donald Trump climbing to 14 points, 53% to 39%, among registered voters. This is the largest lead the former vice president has had to date in this poll.

* On Friday, after the president announced his coronavirus infection, the Biden campaign pulled all of its negative ads from the airwaves. Nevertheless, on Friday afternoon, the Trump campaign sent out an email appeal to supporters with a subject line that read, "Lyin' Obama." The Republican solicitation went on to ridicule Biden for being "asleep in his basement."

* The latest New York Times/Siena College poll found Biden leading Trump in Pennsylvania, 49% to 42%, among likely voters. The survey was conducted after last week's debate, but before Friday's announcement about the president's coronavirus diagnosis.

* The latest New York Times/Siena College poll found Biden leading Trump in Florida, 47% to 42%, among likely voters over the same time period.

* In case North Carolina's U.S. Senate race weren't already dramatic, incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R) announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus, while his challenger, Cal Cunningham (D), apologized for provocative texts he sent to a campaign strategist who is not his wife.

* In a bit of a surprise, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced this morning that he will leave elected office altogether in 2022, retiring from Congress and declining to run for governor.

* As of this morning, the scheduled debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris is still on track for Wednesday night.

* Rather than serve out the remainder of his final term, Rep. Tom Graves' (R-Ga.) final day as a congressman was yesterday.

* And today is the last day to register to vote in a dozen states, including several competitive 2020 states, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, and Texas.