Tuesday's Campaign Round-Up, 7.28.20

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.

* Following up on an earlier commitment, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) extended his state's early-voting period by six days. As the Texas Tribune noted, "Early voting for the Nov. 3 election will now begin Oct. 13 instead of Oct. 19. The end date remains Oct. 30."

* In one of Georgia's U.S. Senate races, Sen. David Perdue (R) recently ran an ad featuring a manipulated picture of his opponent -- Jon Ossoff (D), who is Jewish -- with an enlarged nose. The Republican campaign took down the image and claimed it was an “unintentional error” by an outside, unnamed vendor.

* On a related note, Ossoff is currently off the campaign trail after his wife, Dr. Alisha Kramer, tested positive for the coronavirus.

* About a month ago, the University of Michigan withdrew from hosting the second 2020 presidential debate, and yesterday, the University of Notre Dame withdrew from hosting the first debate. As NBC News noted, the debate commission said the event will instead be co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, and will be held at the university's Health Education Campus in Cleveland.

* Joe Biden's campaign is requiring staffers to get approval from the team's general counsel before trading stocks.

* Donald Trump has canceled plans to hold a Republican convention event in Florida next month, but the misguided effort is reportedly costing party donors millions of dollars.

* To no one's surprise, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee wasted little time in officially endorsing Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins (D) in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race.

* And while incumbent senators typically aren't eager to debate challengers, this year, a variety of Republican incumbents -- Iowa's Joni Ernst, North Carolina's Thom Tillis, and Maine's Susan Collins -- are eager to participate in debates, hoping they might help as the prevailing political winds push against them.