A new OH Predictive Insights poll in Arizona shows Mark Kelly (D) leading Sen. Martha McSally (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 51% to 42%.
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Kansas finds Barbara Bollier (D) leading Kris Kobach (R) by two points in a possible U.S. Senate match up, 44% to 42%, with 13% still undecided.
In Virginia, Biden leads Trump 51% to 41%, according to a new Virginia Commonwealth Poll.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorsed Joe Biden for president in a video this morning.
“In this moment of crisis, it’s more important than ever that the next president restores Americans’ faith in good, effective government—and I’ve seen Joe Biden help our nation rebuild. Today, I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden as President of the United States.”
CNN, “Warren is the last of Biden’s top former rivals to throw their support behind the former vice president. The endorsement comes as the Democratic Party attempts to unify and turn its focus to a general election campaign against President Donald Trump.”
Josh Kraushaar: “President Trump is in an increasingly precarious position for reelection as he struggles to maintain focus on the coronavirus pandemic, instead nursing his personal grievances against the press and his political rivals in a time of crisis. He has already squandered the “rally around the flag” bounce that he received in the immediate aftermath of the crisis, and polling suggests that the president is losing ground to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden both nationally and in key battleground states.”
“There’s an understandable tendency for pundits to hedge their analysis of the 2020 presidential race, given how Trump’s 2016 victory upended so much conventional wisdom at the time. But the reality is that, absent a speedy V-shaped economic turnaround by the fall, Trump is now a decided underdog for a second term.”
Bernie Sanders told the Associated Press that it would be “irresponsible” for his loyalists not to support Joe Biden, warning that progressives who “sit on their hands” in the months ahead would simply enable President Trump’s reelection.
“If you looked at the basic strategic decisions that we made, I rest comfortably saying we put our best foot forward, made the best calls given our candidate, and it just wasn’t meant to be.” — Bernie Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir, quoted by NBC News.
Washington Post: “It did not look like a hostage video, which has become the cinematography standard for far too many of the Democrats during this presidential election cycle. Former president Barack Obama endorsed former vice president Joe Biden in a 12-minute video released on social media Tuesday, managing to be intimate and formal, biting and urgent. He was helped along by impeccable framing, flattering lighting, a pitch-perfect set and a powder blue, open-collar shirt that was more neighborly and genial than a politician’s all-business white one.”
“Virtual campaigning through social media is not new, but it’s now all there is. Communicating with voters is no longer a matter of how eloquent a candidate might be. It’s heavily dependent on whether he can get the lighting right, keep the background from being impersonal but not distracting and dress in a manner that’s just right for his home office as well as your living room.”
Rick Hasen: “All the plans we have for a safe and legitimate general election in November depend heavily upon the ability to expand vote by mail. Yet those plans would be completely upended if the United States Postal Service collapses, a ridiculous but real possibility thanks to COVID-19 and President Trump’s opposition to a postal service bailout as part of the federal government’s pandemic response.”
“In every election but especially this year, the USPS is critical government infrastructure for our elections. With poll workers getting sick, in-person polling places shutting down, and an expected flood of absentee ballot requests, a functioning postal service is essential to the health and safety of American democracy.”
Elle: “Experienced politicians know there is a right way to answer questions about pursuing higher office. Be demure. Redirect. Convey vague interest while insisting never to have given it serious consideration. But Stacey Abrams does not give the expected answer when I ask if she would accept an offer from former vice president Joe Biden to serve as his 2020 running mate.”
Said Abrams: “Yes. I would be honored. I would be an excellent running mate. I have the capacity to attract voters by motivating typically ignored communities. I have a strong history of executive and management experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. I’ve spent 25 years in independent study of foreign policy. I am ready to help advance an agenda of restoring America’s place in the world. If I am selected, I am prepared and excited to serve.”
“Abrams’s direct response betrays ambition, makes verifiable claims, and establishes outcomes to which she could later be held accountable. By normal political rules, it is the wrong answer. But as Abrams and I talk in March in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, it is clear that normal political rules no longer apply.”
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