2020 Elections

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

  1. coronavirus

    Wisconsin mayors implore top health official to 'step up' and shut down primary

    The fate of the election is tied to the fight against coronavirus, as a legal battle over absentee voting in the state reaches the Supreme Court.

    Mayors from some of the most populous cities in Wisconsin, including Milwaukee and Madison, are calling on the state’s top health official to shut down in-person voting at Tuesday’s primary, as a legal battle over absentee voting in the state reaches the Supreme Court.

    “We implore you to implement all emergency measures necessary to control the spread of COVID-19, a communicable disease,” reads a copy of the letter addressed to Department of Human Services Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm. “Specifically, we need you to step up and stop the State of Wisconsin from putting hundreds of thousands of citizens at risk by requiring them to vote at the polls while this ugly pandemic spreads.”

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  2. Coronavirus

    Biden: I will wear a mask in public

    The 2020 presidential contender urges Americans to “follow the science.”

    Joe Biden said he will wear a mask in public, drawing a contrast between President Donald Trump and himself amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    On Sunday, the former vice president and current front-runner to be the Democratic presidential nominee emphasized one phrase repeatedly: “Follow the science.”

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    Sanders’ ’narrow path’ to victory gets even narrower

    Some in his inner circle have advised him to consider dropping out.


    Bernie Sanders insists he has a “narrow path” to the nomination. But he and his aides refuse to say what it is.

    A majority of the states and territories yet to vote rejected him in 2016. The national polls don’t offer much hope either — since Joe Biden defeated him in Arizona, Florida and Illinois on March 17, Sanders has trailed him by double-digits in every single national survey.

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    The new coronavirus funding battle over the November election

    A vote-by-mail push by Democrats sets up new clash over coronavirus relief.

    Consensus is growing that Democrats and Republicans will soon hash out a new coronavirus emergency package in the coming weeks. But a major obstacle is emerging: the November election.

    Democrats are making a push to expand funding for vote-by-mail efforts in a fourth emergency rescue package, citing the need to help states prepare to hold elections during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a public health issue, Democrats argue: That elections carried out as usual could spread the virus this fall.

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    Wisconsin's primary to go forward Tuesday even as coronavirus all but shutters the U.S.

    A source close to Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said he's unlikely to take further steps to halt the election.

    The coronavirus pandemic may have closed schools, shuttered businesses, ended sports seasons and postponed the Democratic National Convention, but it hasn’t canceled Wisconsin’s primary on Tuesday.

    Despite a last-minute maneuver from the governor, a stay-at-home order, a massive shortage of poll workers and pleas from mayors across the state to postpone the primary amid one of the worst public health crises in U.S. history, Tuesday’s election is on track to go on.

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    It's the coronavirus, stupid

    From the presidential contest to local issue campaigns, political ads are shifting to speak to the new issue that matters above all others: the coronavirus pandemic.

    TV advertising in the biggest campaigns of 2020 has turned sharply to address the only thing on voters’ minds.

    While coronavirus has halted most conventional politicking, GOP Sen. Susan Collins and her likely Democratic opponent in Maine, state House Speaker Sara Gideon, are both focusing on coronavirus response in their TV ads. Local issue campaigns are calling for increased education spending and funding for municipal programs amid the pandemic, while House contenders are touting their medical backgrounds or heaping blame on China for allowing the virus to spread.

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    Biden tells Sanders he’s pushing ahead with VP, Cabinet picks

    Biden told donors at a virtual fundraising event his campaign is to unveil a committee to vet potential vice presidential candidates “sometime in the middle of the month."

    Joe Biden disclosed Friday evening he has told his Democratic rival Bernie Sanders that he is moving forward with Cabinet and vice presidential picks.

    Biden told donors at a virtual fundraising event his campaign is to unveil a committee to vet potential vice presidential candidates “sometime in the middle of the month," and said he has held discussions with others about potential Cabinet positions.

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    ‘It is terrifying’: Wisconsin leaders warn of coronavirus disaster with Tuesday’s vote

    Amid the coronavirus pandemic, elected officials and activists are trying to keep voters home during Wisconsin's Tuesday election.

    Voting-rights advocates are doing the unthinkable in Wisconsin: urging voters not to go to the polls on Tuesday.

    The coronavirus epidemic has turned their calculations upside down in the state, where the federal government has declared a "major disaster," Gov. Tony Evers has ordered residents to stay home — and in-person voting is still scheduled to take place Tuesday in the presidential primary and state and local elections, barring a last-minute intervention from the state Legislature, which Evers called into a Saturday special session.

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    Trump campaign declares war on Dems over voting rules for November

    With coronavirus injecting enormous doubt into voter turnout, it’s a sleeper issue that both parties say could sway the election.


    President Donald Trump’s political operation is launching a multimillion-dollar legal campaign aimed at blocking Democrats from drastically changing voting rules in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

    In the past several weeks, the reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee have helped to oversee maneuvering in a handful of battleground states with an eye toward stopping some Democratic efforts to alter voting laws, and to bolster Trump. The mobilization is being closely coordinated with Republicans at the state and local levels.

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    ‘A lot has changed’: Bernie’s Wisconsin stronghold breaks hard for Biden

    The ex-veep has a big lead in the polls, but the coronavirus crisis has added an unstable element.

    Bernie Sanders was riding high in Wisconsin just six weeks ago, powered by a double-digit polling lead and the widespread belief that he’d sail to victory just as he did in 2016.

    Now, Democratic activists and operatives on the ground expect Sanders to lose big in the crucial Midwestern swing state — a defeat that would likely lead to a deafening chorus of Democratic voices demanding he drop out of the race.

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  11. coronavirus

    Judge declines to postpone Wisconsin elections, extends absentee voting

    In-person voting will go forward on Tuesday in Wisconsin, but the judge extended the deadline for mail ballots to be requested and received.


    A federal judge expanded absentee voting in Wisconsin in a ruling ahead of Tuesday’s coronavirus-stricken state elections, but he is not postponing the vote, saying that he did not have the authority to do so.

    U.S. District Judge William Conley ordered the state to extend two key absentee ballot deadlines in an effort to mitigate a drop in voter turnout. Voters will have an extra day — until 5 p.m. Friday — to request absentee ballots, and, more significantly, Conley ordered election officials to count absentee ballots received by 4 p.m. on April 13, nearly a week after the original deadline of 8 p.m. on election night. Ballots do not have to be postmarked by any particular time.

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    Biden urges sanctions relief for Iran amid coronavirus

    “In times of global crisis, America should lead,” the Democratic presidential candidate said in a statement.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday called on the Trump administration to ease economic sanctions against Iran as the nation reels from the coronavirus pandemic.

    “In times of global crisis, America should lead,” the Democratic presidential candidate said in a statement. “We should be the first to offer help to people who are hurting or in danger. That’s who we are. That’s who we’ve always been.”

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    Wisconsin Democrats apoplectic over governor's handling of Tuesday primary

    "Having an election in the middle of a stay-at-home order makes no sense," says one Democratic mayor in the state.


    Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ refusal to push for a delay of his state’s Tuesday primary has infuriated fellow Democrats in the state, who are now openly accusing him of failing to prevent an impending train wreck.

    As the nation hurtles toward 5,000 coronavirus deaths and governors across the country take extreme steps to keep people at home, Wisconsin is forging ahead with the election despite having its own stay-at-home order. The likely outcome is that Wisconsinites will wake up on election day being told to stay put at the same time they're greenlighted to head to crowded polling sites.

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    Democrats postpone presidential convention until Aug. 17

    The party is also looking at scaling back the convention to avoid appearing like it's throwing a big party as the country is hurting.

    The Democratic National Committee is postponing the party’s presidential nominating convention in Milwaukee to Aug. 17, the week before the Republican Party’s convention.

    The delay from July 13 came after likely nominee Joe Biden publicly called for the convention to be rescheduled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. And it followed weeks of behind-the-scenes discussions with party leaders and the campaigns of the two remaining presidential candidates, Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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    Wisconsin Dems split with governor, support postponing Tuesday elections

    Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and other officials have pushed for next week’s vote to go on, leading to a Wednesday court hearing.


    The Wisconsin Democratic Party has called for postponing Tuesday’s presidential primary and other elections in the state amid the coronavirus outbreak, splitting with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

    “The Democratic Party of Wisconsin endorses the call by civil rights groups and mayors across Wisconsin to postpone our April 7 election and remove barriers to safe voting by mail,” Ben Wikler, the party chair, said in a statement on Wednesday.

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    Biden reignites talk of delaying Dem convention

    Democratic officials are beginning to speak out more about pushing back the July convention because of coronavirus.

    The Democratic National Committee is facing rising pressure from officials across the country to delay the party’s July convention in Milwaukee, with the original date — and format — for the mass gathering looking increasingly untenable amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    “It may very well make sense to postpone it if it means people will be safer," Doug Ballard, a DNC member from Arizona, said Wednesday. "We’re all kind of flying blind not knowing what the schedule is. It’s the virus that is determining our schedule.”

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    Poll: Biden holds wide lead over Sanders in Wisconsin

    Biden took 62 percent among likely primary voters in the Marquette poll, as coronavirus affects preparations for the April 7 vote.


    A new poll in Wisconsin shows Joe Biden with a big lead over Bernie Sanders in next week’s Democratic presidential primary, which is moving ahead even though a majority of voters want the state to postpone amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    The primary is happening as the state's governor is ordering residents to stay home to slow the spread of the virus. But among those who said they were likely to vote in the primary, the poll, from Marquette Law School, shows Biden leading Sanders 62 percent to 34 percent. Only 4 percent of voters said they don’t know for whom they would vote or declined to answer.

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  18. 2020 Elections

    Trump super PAC launches wave of anti-Biden ads amid criticism

    The ad blitz comes after criticism that America First Action has been too passive amid attacks on Trump.

    The principal super PAC supporting President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has decided to launch an advertising campaign immediately following extensive complaints from the president’s top advisers about the outside group's silence.

    America First Action will be spending $10 million targeting the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. The ads will be rolled out on the TV and digital platforms and in a mail camapaign.

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    Biden: Difficult to imagine having Democratic convention as scheduled

    Democrats are supposed to meet in Milwaukee in mid-July.

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Tuesday he wouldn't be surprised if the Democratic National Convention is rescheduled because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    When asked by MSNBC's Brian Williams whether he could imagine the nation's top Democrats all gathered together in one arena 104 days from now, Biden said it was difficult to do so.

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