Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* In their final national general-election polls of the 2020 cycle, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found Joe Biden leading Donald Trump, 52% to 42%, among registered voters, while the latest Fox News poll showed the former vice president with a slightly smaller lead, 52% to 44%, among likely voters.
* In Iowa, the final Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll shows the incumbent president pulling away from Biden, 48% to 41%, after showing the two tied in September. In the state's closely watched U.S. Senate race, meanwhile, the same survey found incumbent Sen. Joni Ernst (R) leading Theresa Greenfield (D), 46% to 42%.
* In Pennsylvania, which may very well decide the 2020 race, the final Washington Post/ABC News poll found Biden ahead of Trump, 51% to 44%. The final New York Times/Siena poll showed Biden leading, 49% to 43%, while the final Muhlenberg College poll found the former vice president up, 49% to 44%. Meanwhile, a new Monmouth poll, released this morning, found Biden ahead 51% to 44% in a high-turnout model, and 50% to 45% in a low-turnout model.
* In Florida, where some recent polling showed Biden ahead, the Washington Post/ABC News poll found the president leading the Delaware Democrat, 50% to 48%. The final New York Times/Siena poll, on the other hand, found Biden ahead, 47% to 44%.
* In North Carolina, the final NBC News/Marist poll found Biden up by six, 52% to 46%, while the final CNN poll showed Biden up, 51% to 45%. In the state's closely watched U.S. Senate race the NBC survey found Cal Cunningham (D) with a surprisingly large lead over incumbent Sen. Thom Tillis (R), 53% to 43%, while CNN's poll showed Cunningham with a much smaller advantage, 47% to 44%.
* In Wisconsin, another key 2020 battleground, the New York Times/Siena poll showed Biden with a double-digit lead, 52% to 41%, while the final CNN poll found Biden with a smaller advantage, 52% to 44%.
* In Arizona, where Democrats are cautiously optimistic despite the state's traditional GOP leanings, the New York Times/Siena poll found Biden leading Trump, 49% to 43%, while the final CNN poll showed Biden ahead, 50% to 46%. The CNN poll, meanwhile, also found Mark Kelly (D) ahead of appointed incumbent Sen. Martha McSally (R), 52% to 45%.
* In Michigan, CNN poll found Biden leading Trump, 53% to 41%, and in the state's U.S. Senate race, the same survey showed incumbent Sen. Gary Peters (D) with a similar lead over John James (R), 52% to 40%.
* And while I can appreciate why top-of-the-ticket races will be on the minds of many this week, don't forget the critical significance of state legislative races, especially this year, given the degree to which the outcomes will shape political landscapes for the rest of the decade. As NBC News reported over the weekend, "While the presidential race swallows up all the oxygen, down-ballot races could define North Carolina politics — and those in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan and even Texas — for the next decade. That's because the winner will have the power to redraw state electoral maps now that the 2020 census is done."