Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 9.16.20

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
By Steve Benen

Today's installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* In a Monmouth poll released yesterday, Joe Biden leads Donald Trump, 50% to 45%, among likely voters in a high-turnout model. In a lower-turnout model, the former vice president's advantage in the Sunshine State slips to three points, 49% to 46%.

* In Wisconsin, CNN's latest poll found Biden ahead of Trump, 52% to 42%, while the new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows the former vice president with a narrower advantage, 52% to 46%.

* CNN also polled North Carolina, and found Biden with a narrow lead over the incumbent president, 49% to 46%.

* In Minnesota, which Team Trump has prioritized after a narrow loss four years ago, the new Washington Post/ABC News poll showed Biden with a surprisingly large, double-digit lead: 57% to 41%.

* Speaking of Minnesota, the latest New York Times/Siena poll found incumbent Sen. Tina Smith (D) ahead of her Republican challenger, Jason Smith, 49% to 40%.

* State election officials in Alaska have made an important ballot change, listing candidates as party nominees, instead of their chosen party registration. That creates a disadvantage for congressional candidates like Al Gross and Alyse Galvin, who have the Alaska Democratic Party's backing, but who've made their independence a key part of their candidacies.

* Voters in Delaware yesterday participated in the final primary before November, and there were no big surprises. It's worth noting, however, that incumbent Sen. Chris Coons (D), who defeated a primary challenge from the left yesterday, will now face activist Lauren Witzke -- "the latest winner of a congressional primary to have publicly expressed support for the QAnon conspiracy theory."

* And the Associated Press reported yesterday that it was a Republican member of the Wisconsin Elections Commission who "advised a Green Party representative about who to hire as an attorney after its presidential nominee was denied ballot access in the key battleground state."