2020 Elections

The latest coverage of the 2020 presidential, House and Senate elections

  1. 2020 Elections

    Ex-Sanders aides launch pro-Biden ad targeting Latino voters

    The spot attacking President Donald Trump over the coronavirus crisis will appear in swing states, in Spanish and English.

    A pair of super PACs launched by top aides to Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign is rolling out its first presidential campaign ad.

    The spot, shared with POLITICO, targets Latino voters and attacks President Donald Trump over his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is part of a seven-figure buy that will appear on TV and digitally in Arizona, Michigan and North Carolina, in Spanish as well as English.

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  2. 2020 Elections

    The left gets rolled on legalizing pot — and legal protections for cops

    A "unity" task force on criminal justice reform created by Biden's campaign rejects policies pushed by Sanders supporters.

    Joe Biden’s “unity” task forces were created to bring the progressive wing of the Democratic Party into the fold after the sting of Bernie Sanders’ defeat.

    But on key policies involving the biggest issue of the day — criminal justice — the left flank got rolled.

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  3. Coronavirus

    Grim projection: 200,000 dead by Election Day

    Recent surge in infections and Trump policies prompt a serious reassessment by forecasters, who now see no end in sight for coronavirus crisis.

    As the United States surpasses 3 million coronavirus infections, forecasters are updating their models to account for the recent resurgence and reaching a grim consensus: the next few months are going to be bad.

    The national death toll is now expected eclipse 200,000 by Election Day, according to the latest models.

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  4. 2020 Elections

    Biden, Sanders unity task forces release policy recommendations

    The proposals ahead of the Democratic National Convention don’t include the kind of systemic upheaval that won Sanders so many followers.

    Joe Biden’s presidential campaign on Wednesday rolled out the policy recommendations reached by its joint task forces with supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead of the Democratic National Convention, which is slated for next month.

    The 110-page document has been submitted to the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee and will be personally reviewed by Biden ahead of the nominating convention, the former vice president’s campaign announced.

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  5. Florida

    Miami’s Republican mayor won’t commit to voting for Trump

    The noncommittal answer from a swing state GOP elected official provides a look into Trump’s uphill battle to win Florida for a second time.


    Miami’s Republican mayor, Francis Suarez, refused to commit on Wednesday to voting for President Donald Trump in November.

    “I want to see what both candidates have to offer for the urban communities before making up my mind on who I’m going to support,” Suarez said in an interview with POLITICO Nightly author Renuka Rayasam.

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  6. Politics

    Trump drops out. Biden gets sick. Pence is fired. What if 2020 gets really crazy?

    The most norm-shattering leader in American history is bound to produce some surprises, especially with his reelection in peril.

    Sure, could happen, can’t rule it out: Perhaps the most astounding year in American life in generations, presided over by the most norm-shattering leader in American history, might culminate with a surge of normality.

    What would normal even look like? Maybe a series of sharp but nonetheless civil and substantive debates. Or a close election that nonetheless ends with an unambiguous and uncontested result.

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    Trump’s convention bash upended by Florida’s coronavirus crisis

    Trump moved the Republican convention to put it under Republican elected officials' control, but coronavirus has interfered with the plans.

    MIAMI — President Donald Trump redirected the Republican National Convention to Florida after North Carolina's Democratic governor couldn’t “guarantee” a full venue in August because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    But with coronavirus cases skyrocketing in Florida as Trump's poll numbers drop in his must-win battleground state, it looks like the president won't get his full-blown festivities there, either.

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  8. Technology

    YouTube runs Trump, Biden campaign ads alongside videos from white supremacists and Russian media

    Neither campaign actively chose to have its ads run against Russia-backed or white supremacist content.


    Presidential campaign ads for both Donald Trump and Joe Biden ran on YouTube channels controlled by Russian state-backed media and white supremacists, according to a report published Tuesday.

    The findings — from the nonprofit Global Project Against Hate and Extremism — showed Trump and Biden ads were displayed alongside videos from Ruptly, a Berlin-based media outlet controlled by the Kremlin, as well as on YouTube channels connected to the so-called Identitarian movement, a trans-Atlantic group of white supremacists.

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  9. 2020 elections

    Mulvaney: Trump faces ‘real headwinds’ if election turns into ‘referendum’ on him

    The blunt acknowledgment from the president’s former top aide comes amid escalating anxiety among congressional Republicans.

    Former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Tuesday conceded that if November’s general election becomes a “referendum” on President Donald Trump, the Republican incumbent will face “real headwinds” in his race against former Vice President Joe Biden.

    “If the president can go back to drawing those contrasts between him and Joe Biden — that becomes a race between Trump and Biden — I think the president does extraordinarily well,” Mulvaney told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo. “And he shows people, ‘Look, if you hire me, this is what you get. If you hire him, you end up with no jobs.’”

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  10. 2020 elections

    New progressive group will hit Neal in Massachusetts

    One of the individuals behind the new nonprofit is Faiz Shakir, Bernie Sanders' former campaign manager.

    A group of progressive operatives with ties to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Justice Democrats is launching a new organization this week aimed at condemning politicians with close ties to corporate interests. Their first target: Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), the powerful chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

    The initiative, Fight Corporate Monopolies, will spent $300,000 to paint Neal as beholden to Blackstone Group, a private equity giant that they say profits off surprise medical billing — a practice that creates exorbitant hospital costs.

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  11. 2020 Elections

    Convention jitters grip Democrats

    State party officials and the rank and file are skeptical about the prospect of "miniconventions" across the nation as Covid cases surge.

    First came the announcement of a downsized convention in Milwaukee that delegates were urged not to attend in person. Now, Democrats are questioning whether gathering in smaller events throughout the country as an alternative is a plausible option after a new surge of Covid-19 cases.

    With infection rates exploding in several states, some elected officials, state party leaders and rank-and-file members of the Democratic National Committee are skeptical about the proposed idea of “mini-conventions” across the nation — regional satellite sites for delegates and party leaders, particularly in battleground states.

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  12. congress

    Republicans in danger of losing huge portion of their women senators

    The Senate GOP has a record number of women. That could soon change.

    Senate Republicans could lose nearly half of the women currently in their caucus come November after recently making painstaking gains — the latest potential blow to the party in the Trump era.

    Out of nine Senate GOP women, four face highly competitive races this year in Arizona, Maine, Georgia and Iowa. It's a dynamic that exists in part because Republicans have had some success in chipping away at the gender gap in Congress: the Senate GOP currently has an all-time high of women after nearly doubling the number of women in its conference since 2016. House Republicans have also enhanced their recruitment efforts after seeing their ranks shrink in 2018.

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  13. 2020 Elections

    Democrats smell a rout?— and the chance to control redistricting in 2021

    The party is starting to think bigger than just beating Trump.

    Donald Trump’s collapsing poll numbers have Democrats thinking bigger than just winning the White House and seizing the Senate — they’re imagining a rout that extends all the way down the ballot.

    Intent on not repeating the mistakes of 2010 under then-President Barack Obama, the party is seizing on a once-in-a-decade opportunity to drive the redistricting process — and reverse the built-in advantage Republicans amassed over House district lines after the last census.

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  14. 2020 elections

    POLITICO’s Election Forecast: Trump, Senate GOP in trouble

    Trump's falling political fortunes have tilted the electoral map in Joe Biden's favor and made battlegrounds out of more Senate states.

    President Donald Trump is now an underdog to win a second term, and Republicans’ Senate majority is in serious danger of being swept out with him, according to the latest edition of POLITICO’s Election Forecast.

    A series of crises over the past three months has seen the political environment deteriorate markedly for Trump and his party. The percentage of voters who think the country is headed in the wrong direction is hitting new highs — a record 75 percent in the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll — and Trump’s approval rating is settling near his all-time lows.

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  15. 2020 elections

    Biden unveils Florida leadership team

    Biden has consistently topped Trump in public polling in Florida, a state the president narrowly won by 113,000 votes in 2016.

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Joe Biden on Monday announced the members of his senior leadership team in Florida, a must-win state where he holds a commanding lead over President Donald Trump.

    Biden named Jackie Lee, veteran Orlando-based consultant who has been working for the campaign since October 2019, as his state director. Lee, who helped the campaign regain its balance after huge a primary loss in Iowa, is credited with fending off a $30 million Florida ad blitz from billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s short-lived presidential campaign. Lee had a leadership role on both of former President Barack Obama’s campaigns, and helped with the passage of Amendment 4, a nationally watched Florida ballot measure that in 2018 created a pathway for people with felony convictions to regain their voting rights.

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  16. 2020 Elections

    Susan Rice defends her qualifications to be Biden’s VP

    “I will do my utmost,” the former national security adviser said of her potential selection.

    Former White House national security adviser Susan Rice on Sunday defended her qualifications to become presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, arguing she had accumulated substantial campaign experience despite never having held elected office.

    The remarks from Rice, Biden’s former Obama administration colleague, came on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” after host Andrea Mitchell asked her how Americans should feel about potentially supporting a vice presidential candidate with no background in electoral politics who had not previously run a national campaign.

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  17. Congress

    ‘We all need to come together’: Ernst distances herself from Trump’s weekend rhetoric

    The Iowa senator said many of the nation’s protesters are peaceful.


    Sen. Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican up for reelection in November, on Sunday sought to distance herself from President Donald Trump’s fiery rhetoric over the weekend regarding nationwide protests and the removal of symbols associated with America’s racist past.

    The senator’s remarks came after the president warned supporters in a speech Friday at Mount Rushmore of a brewing “left-wing cultural revolution” and “angry mobs” he alleged are “trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.”

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  18. 2020 Elections

    Duckworth declines to say Biden should select Black woman as running mate

    “He’ll pick the right person,” the Illinois senator said.

    Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a contender to become former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate, on Sunday declined to explicitly state whether the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee should select an African-American woman to join him on the party’s 2020 ticket.

    “The Biden campaign have their own process that they’re going through, and I’m sure Vice President Biden will pick the right person to be next to him as he digs this country out of the mess that Donald Trump has put us in,” the Illinois Democrat told CNN’s “State of the Union,” describing Black women as a “key to the victory for Democrats.”

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  19. 2020 Elections

    Kanye West says he’s running for president

    His announcement is greeted with questions.


    Kanye West tweeted Saturday night that he wants to run for president in 2020 — four months before the election and apparently without having filed with the Federal Election Commission or created a campaign committee.

    “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,” the 43-year-old musician wrote on Independence Day, using the hashtag “2020 vision.”

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  20. 2020 Elections

    High on the left’s wish list: Knocking out another House chairman

    Rep. Richard Neal is one of two Democrats getting squeezed in Massachusetts’ Sept. 1 primary.


    BOSTON — Rep. Richard Neal hasn’t had a tough primary challenge in 30 years.

    But Massachusetts’ Sept. 1 contest represents the last, best chance for the left to take down a Democratic incumbent this year, so the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee isn’t taking any chances against a progressive challenger.

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