2020 Elections

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

  1. Elections

    Larry Hogan argues for a ‘bigger tent’ GOP as 2024 rumors swirl

    Maryland’s governor offers some advice for the Republican Party moving forward.

    As rumors swirl that Larry Hogan is eyeing a run for president in 2024, the Republican governor of Maryland has some advice for the post-Trump GOP: Be more like me.

    “I don't know what the future holds in November, but I know that the Republican Party is going to be looking at what happens after President [Donald] Trump and whether that's in four months or four years,” Hogan said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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  2. 2020 Elections

    Tammy Duckworth bursts into VP contention

    The Purple Heart recipient has captured the imagination of donors and the Biden team.

    CHICAGO — Tammy Duckworth is no longer an afterthought in the Democratic veepstakes.

    The Illinois senator and Purple Heart recipient has landed squarely in the conversation after a high-profile clash with Tucker Carlson last week and her advocacy against politicization of the military in the weeks prior.

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    Trump allies push for a new campaign opening act: Michael Flynn

    After a prolonged battle against Robert Mueller's prosecutors, Flynn’s status in MAGA world as a deep state-fighting warrior has grown.

    Four years ago, Michael Flynn, an intelligence officer with a three-decade military career, became a MAGA star introducing Donald Trump at raucous campaign rallies.

    Now, after a prolonged battle against what Trump’s biggest supporters see as a rigged judicial system staffed by Obama-era bureaucrats, Flynn’s status as a deep state-fighting warrior has only grown. And with Flynn on the verge of potentially having criminal charges dismissed altogether, Trump allies are pushing the campaign to give Flynn the ultimate comeback: hitting the campaign trail for the president, according to nine people inside or close to the Trump campaign.

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    Trump gets some good election news: GOP voter registrations outpace Dems

    A slowdown in adding new voters to the rolls during the pandemic has played to Republicans' advantage.

    It was a flicker of hope for Donald Trump in an otherwise dismal summer.

    Late last month, the Democratic data firm TargetSmart found that while new voter registrations had plummeted amid the coronavirus pandemic, those who were registering in competitive states tended to be whiter, older and less Democratic than before.

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    Republicans tap top fundraiser in mad scramble for convention cash

    Jeff Miller has deep connections with GOP donors, but his task is tall.

    Republicans have tapped a top party fundraiser as they race to lock down money for their convention — a task that's been complicated by a tight timetable and growing concerns about holding a large-scale event during the pandemic.

    Jeff Miller, a veteran fundraiser with deep connections to the tight-knit world of Republican donors, will serve as national finance chair for the late-August convention in Jacksonville, Fla., according to three people familiar with the appointment.

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    ‘You get made fun of’: Trump campaign office shuns masks, social distancing

    Despite his own administration's recommendations, president's Arlington, Va., headquarters still lacks key protections.

    Inside the Trump campaign’s headquarters this week, a team of cleaners scrubbed down surfaces and disinfected equipment — a recognition that coronavirus has found its way into the heart of the president’s reelection bid, regardless of Donald Trump’s public dismissals of recent risk.

    The campaign’s headquarters — located on the 14th floor of an Arlington, Va., office building that shares space with multiple businesses — is normally packed with dozens of staffers, often sitting in close proximity to conduct phone calls and other urgent campaign business, said three people with knowledge of its operations.

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    Trump accuses Biden of plagiarizing his economic proposals

    But despite a similarity in messaging between Biden’s “Buy American” and Trump’s “America First” rhetoric, the two candidates’ policy plans significantly diverge.

    President Donald Trump on Friday accused former Vice President Joe Biden of plagiarizing his economic policies, a day after the presumptive Democratic nominee unveiled a plan to promote American manufacturing and goods.

    But despite some similarities in messaging between Biden’s “Buy American” and Trump’s “America First” rhetoric, the two candidates’ policy plans significantly diverge.

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  8. cybersecurity

    Biden campaign taps Obama administration alum to lead cybersecurity team

    Chris DeRusha has joined the campaign as its chief information security officer.


    Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has hired a veteran cybersecurity expert to oversee its defense against hackers during a general election expected to attract significant interest from foreign adversaries.

    Chris DeRusha, a former White House cyber adviser and DHS cyber staffer in the Obama administration, has joined the campaign as its chief information security officer, he told POLITICO in an email. DeRusha most recently served as Michigan’s chief security officer.

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    Why a football coach could beat Jeff Sessions

    This week's episode of Nerdcast.

    Trump's former attorney general wants his Senate seat back. But polling shows Tommy Tuberville — a former football coach and political newbie — ahead of Jeff Sessions in the Republican primary runoff. Birmingham, Ala.-based journalist Eric Velasco talks with Scott Bland ahead of the July 14 matchup. Plus, James Arkin brings us up to speed on the broader Senate map.

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  10. Education

    Biden will heed the CDC on reopening schools, his wife pledges

    Jill Biden, a longtime educator, said her husband would defer to scientists on safe plans to reopen schools.

    Joe Biden will listen to scientists and the CDC on the best time to safely reopen schools, the presumptive Democratic nominee's wife told teachers union members on Thursday, as the Trump administration continues its aggressive push to have schools fully reopen.

    Jill Biden, a longtime educator, said she is “heartbroken” for teachers, support staff and students during the coronavirus crisis, and added “it’s all about leadership.”

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    Biden lashes Trump in economic speech tinged with populist rhetoric

    The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee pledged to put workers first, arguing the current president has failed to live up to his economic promises.

    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday laid out an economic vision for the country rooted in racial and power equity, striking a populist tone as he slammed President Donald Trump as divisive and lacking empathy for working families.

    “Donald Trump loves to talk and talk and talk, but after three and a half years of big promises, what do the American people have to show for all of the talk?” Biden asked during a speech in Dunmore, Pa., asserting that the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic had only exacerbated economic inequality in the country.

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    SEIU endorses Biden, boosting Democrat's 2020 ground game

    The union, which represents 2 million workers, says it will launch a 40-state, “Essential for Joe” voter turnout campaign.

    The Service Employees International Union, which represents 2 million workers in health care, property services and the public sector, announced Thursday that it will throw its grassroots organizing power behind presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential campaign.

    How does this change the race? By winning SEIU’s endorsement, Biden can tap into a network of tens of thousands of volunteers and political organizers to boost his ground game. The union has announced plans to invest $150 million in a voter engagement campaign targeting infrequent voters of color in several battleground states and has urged Congress to expand voting access during the coronavirus pandemic. SEIU says its members have already reached out to more than 3 million voters in Florida, California, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania through a text message campaign to help them register and sign up to vote by mail. That gives Biden a small leg up on President Donald Trump, whose campaign launched a multimillion-dollar legal effort to block expanded ballot access and has railed against mail-in voting.

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  20. 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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