Tuesday's Campaign Round-Up, 6.30.20

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.

* The final tallies in Kentucky's Democratic U.S. Senate primary are expected today, and it looks like the contest between state Rep. Charles Booker and former fighter pilot Amy McGrath is going to be very close. The winner will take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in the fall. [Update: NBC News has called the race for McGrath.]

* It's Primary Day in Utah, where there's a competitive, multi-candidate Republican gubernatorial primary. The top contenders are Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, former Gov. Jon Huntsman, and former state House Speaker Greg Hughes.

* Colorado Democrats will choose their U.S. Senate nominee today, and party leaders have rallied behind former Gov. John Hickenlooper. He has, however, stumbled a bit in recent weeks, creating an opening for former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff. The winner will face incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner (R) in November.

* There are also some notable Republican U.S. House primaries today, including in Oklahoma's 5th, where the party sees Rep. Kendra Horn (D) as vulnerable, and in Utah's 4th, where GOP officials hope to unseat Rep. Ben McAdams (D).

* Citing information from ad-tracking firms Advertising Analytics and Medium Buying, CNBC reported yesterday that Donald Trump's re-election campaign has reserved television airtime for the fall in Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Each of those states backed the Republican ticket in 2016.

* On a related note, Susquehanna poll released yesterday in Pennsylvania found Joe Biden leading the incumbent president in the state, 46% to 41%. Given his other recent polls, this sort of counts as good news for Trump.

* And Trump insisted the other day that Biden is trying to get out of participating in this year's presidential debates, citing the coronavirus. That's not even close to being true, and the former vice president has already committed to being part of the three scheduled events.