Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 7.9.20

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

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

* Though the Republican Party of Texas intended to move forward with plans for an in-person state convention next week, the gathering was canceled yesterday -- not by GOP officials who came to their senses, but by local officials in Houston who cited legal and public-health concerns.

* Joe Biden's allies held a series of meetings in recent weeks with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his supporters about areas of common ground on policy. The result, as NBC News reported yesterday, is a new, 110-page roadmap with recommendations on climate change, criminal justice reform, the economy, education, health care, and immigration.

* While the Lincoln Project, led by anti-Trump Republicans, have gone after individual GOP senators in recent weeks, the group's new 60-second ad goes after several Senate Republicans, some of whom are up for re-election this year.

* In Alaska, which is notoriously difficult to poll, the latest Public Policy Polling survey found Donald Trump leading Biden, but only by a few points: 48% to 45%. The Republican ticket carried Alaska in 2016 by about 15 points.

* On a related note, the same poll found that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) is not at all popular with Alaska Republicans right now.

* An interesting Washington Post analysis found that vulnerable Senate Republican incumbents this year are acting as if Trump "doesn't exist" -- even in states the unpopular president won four years ago.

* In a sign of the times, Miami’s Republican mayor, Francis Suarez, was asked yesterday whether he intends to support Trump in the fall. “I want to see what both candidates have to offer for the urban communities before making up my mind on who I’m going to support,” he replied.

* And in a week in which quite a few Democratic U.S. Senate hopefuls released impressive fundraising totals, we can apparently add Iowa's Theresa Greenfield to the list: the Des Moines businesswoman raised $6 million in the second quarter, which is reportedly a record for Democratic Senate candidates in the Hawkeye State. Greenfield is taking on incumbent Sen. Joni Ernst (R) in the fall.