Tuesday's Campaign Round-Up, 7.7.20

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.

* In Utah, former Gov. Jon Huntsman's comeback bid has fallen short: the latest results from the state's Republican gubernatorial primary show Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox prevailing in the competitive contest.

* Today is Primary Day in New Jersey and Delaware, with a handful of notable races on tap. I'm especially interested in the Democratic U.S. House primary in New Jersey's 2nd congressional district, the primary against Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D) in New Jersey's 5th congressional district, and the primary against Rep. Albio Sires (D) in New Jersey's 8th congressional district.

* A GOP-aligned political action committee, which was formed last week, is launching $2 million in attack ads in Kansas targeting Kris Kobach's (R) U.S. Senate candidacy. The Republican U.S. Senate primary in Kansas is four weeks from today.

* It's rare to see a campaign ad that qualifies as "psychological warfare," but the latest 60-second spot from the Lincoln Project, led by anti-Trump Republicans, appears designed to rattle the president and play on his paranoia.

* Several prominent Democratic U.S. Senate candidates released surprisingly impressive second-quarter fundraising numbers over the last day or so: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock raised $7.7 million; North Carolina's Cal Cunningham broke a state record by raising $7.4 million; and South Carolina's Jaime Harrison raised a jaw-dropping $13.9 million between June and April for his race against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

* In Alabama, U.S. Senate hopeful Tommy Tuberville (R) is best known as a retired college football coach, but he also tried his hand helping lead a hedge fund. A New York Times investigation found that it was a "disaster." Tuberville is nevertheless favored in his primary runoff next week against former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

* And the Trump campaign launched a round of digital ads this week, promising to protect the Christ the Redeemer statue. It was an odd pledge, not only because the statue is not at risk, but also because it's in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.