Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 7.15.20

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.

* Among the notable results from Primary Day in Texas: Air Force veteran M.J. Hegar prevailed in a Democratic U.S. Senate primary; former Rep. Pete Sessions won a Republican U.S. House primary in a district near the one he used to represent; and former White House physician Ronny Jackson is almost certainly headed to Congress, winning a Republican U.S. House primary in one of the nation's reddest congressional districts.

* In Maine, Sara Gideon easily won her Democratic U.S. Senate primary, while the winner in the three-way Republican primary in Maine's 2nd congressional district remains unclear.

* Turnout in Alabama's Republican U.S. Senate runoff was pretty awful, and one GOP strategist described that as a problem: “The story here is that Trump cannot turn out votes in the reddest state in the country. That should worry him.”

* In Pennsylvania, a new Monmouth poll found Joe Biden with a sizable lead over Donald Trump, 53% to 40%. The Republican ticket narrowly carried the Keystone State four years ago, and it's considered a critical battleground state in the 2020 cycle.

* After former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) came up short in last week's gubernatorial primary, there was some chatter among people close to him about an independent general-election write-in campaign. Earlier this week, Huntsman ended that speculation, saying there would be no such effort.

* In keeping with the recent trend among competitive Democratic U.S. Senate candidates, former astronaut Mark Kelly raised nearly $13 million in the second quarter for his statewide bid in Arizona.

* On a related note, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper raised over $5 million in the second quarter for his U.S. Senate campaign against incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

* And as primary results continue to come in from New York, attorney Mondaire Jones, a veteran of Obama’s Justice Department, appears to have won the Democratic primary in the race to succeed retiring House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.). If Jones wins the general election, as appears very likely, he'll be Congress' first openly gay Black man.