Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 7.29.20

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.

* Echoing a vow he made months ago, Joe Biden told reporters yesterday he'll announce his 2020 running mate next week. “I’m going to have a choice in the first week in August, and I promise I’ll let you know when I do,” the former vice president told reporters.

* On a related note, there's a great deal of speculation surrounding Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who occasionally clashed with Biden during her candidacy last year. During his Q&A with reporters yesterday, the Delaware Democrat held handwritten notes that included visible talking points that referenced Harris. At the top of the list: “Do not hold grudges.”

* In Georgia, a new Monmouth poll found Biden tied with Donald Trump in the state, with each garnering 47% support. This comes on the heels of a Public Policy Polling survey that found the former vice president up by one point in the state, 46% to 45%. Four years ago, the Republican ticket carried Georgia by five points.

* The same poll out of Georgia found incumbent Sen. David Perdue (R) leading Jon Ossoff (D), 49% to 43%.

* Speaking of competitive U.S. Senate races, the latest poll from Colby College found Sara Gideon (D) leading incumbent Sen. Susan Collins (R) in Maine, 44% to 39%. The same survey found Trump trailing Biden in Maine by 12 points.

* With polls showing the president struggling badly in Michigan, the New York Times reports that the Trump campaign has "stopped buying ads in Michigan entirely." Four years ago, the Republican ticket narrowly carried the Wolverine State, to the surprise of nearly everyone.

* And Politico reports that some Republican strategists privately concede that the House Democratic majority may grow even larger after the 2020 elections, "with as many as 20 Republican seats at risk of falling into Democratic hands."