Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 7.8.20

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 one of yesterday's most closely watched contests, educator and mental-health advocate Amy Kennedy won the Democratic nomination in New Jersey's 2nd congressional district, where she'll take on party-switching incumbent Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.). Kennedy, who enjoyed Gov. Phil Murphy's (D) backing, defeated Professor Brigid Callahan Harrison, who was backed by both of New Jersey's U.S. senators.

* Speaking of the Garden State, several Democratic congressional incumbents, including Rep. Josh Gottheimer, faced primary challenges from the left yesterday. Each of those challenges appear to have fallen short.

* Kansas' Barbara Bollier (D), a 2020 U.S. Senate hopeful, raised $3.7 million for her campaign in the second quarter. According to the Kansas City Star, that's more than "any candidate in Kansas history for federal, state or local office."

* On a related note, Kentucky's Amy McGrath (D), another 2020 U.S. Senate hopeful, raised $17.4 million between April and June. She'll take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the fall.

* In Maine, U.S. Senate hopeful Sara Gideon (D) raised $9 million in the second quarter, which is an enormous amount for Maine, and more than double the amount raised by her opponent, incumbent Sen. Susan Collins (R), over the same period.

* The Washington Post published an interesting analysis late yesterday, noting that Donald Trump’s "relentless attacks on the security of mail voting are driving suspicion among GOP voters toward absentee ballots -- a dynamic alarming Republican strategists, who say it could undercut their own candidates, including Trump himself."

* According to the Democratic National Committee, Facebook made a series of promises after the 2016 election related to fact-checking and curtailing disinformation. A DNC memo is now slamming the social-media giant for failing to keep those promises.