The Campaign Report – May 28, 2020

A new We Ask America poll in Missouri finds Donald Trump leads Joe Biden in the presidential race, 48% to 44% with 5% undecided. Like with the close Utah poll the other day, if Trump is barely leading in states, like Utah and Missouri, that he won by double digits four years ago, then he is in serious trouble.

A new St. Pete Polls survey in Florida finds Joe Biden just ahead of Donald Trump in the presidential race, 48% to 47%.

A new National Republican Senatorial Committee poll in Kansas finds Roger Marshall (R) leading Barbara Bolier (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 46% to 35% with 18% undecided. However, the race is effectively tied with Kris Kobach (R) as the GOP nominee: Kobach barely edges Bolier, 44% to 43% with 12% undecided.

A new Victory Geek poll in Maine finds Sara Gideon (D) leading Sen. Susan Collins (R) in the U.S. Senate race, 51% to 42%.

A new Keating-Onsight-Melanson poll of likely voters in Colorado finds former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) is ahead of Sen. Cory Gardner (R) by 18 percentage points in the U.S. Senate race, 54% to 36% with 9% undecided.

The poll also found Joe Biden leading Donald Trump by a 19 percentage point margin in the presidential race, 55% to 36%.

Looks like Amy Klobuchar will not be on the ticket.

While serving as Minnesota’s chief prosecutor between 1999 and 2007, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) “declined to bring charges against more than two dozen police officers who had killed citizens while on duty – including against the officer that killed George Floyd” in Minneapolis this week, MintPress News reports.

The Guardian: “Although Klobuchar was the Hennepin county attorney at the time of an October 2006 police shooting involving Chauvin, she did not prosecute and instead the case went to a grand jury that declined to charge the officers with wrongdoing in 2008.”

Klobuchar was sworn is as a U.S. senator in January 2007.

The Washington Post examined Klobuchar’s record as a prosecutor early last year: “As a prosecutor in heavily white Minnesota, Amy Klobuchar declined to go after police involved in fatal encounters with black men.”

Jonathan Capehart: Why black voters don’t want Klobuchar as Biden’s running mate.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) said Thursday that she’s not interested in serving as running mate to presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, the AP reports.

Joe Biden says he hopes to decide on a running mate by August 1, about two weeks before the Democratic nominating convention in Milwaukee, The Hill reports.

President Trump’s campaign is buying television advertising time in Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to Medium Buying. And for the first time, they are putting up ads in Ohio. These are all states Trump won in 2016.

The Lincoln Project is out with a new ad targeting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who they say has mysteriously become a very rich man while in the U.S. Senate.

“Seven GOP operatives not directly associated with the President’s reelection campaign told CNN that Trump’s response to the pandemic and the subsequent economic fallout have significantly damaged his bid for a second term — and that the effects are starting to hurt Republicans more broadly.”

“Several say that public polls showing Trump trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden mirror what they are finding in their own private polls, and that the trend is bleeding into key Senate races.”

New York Times: “A new effort called Republican Voters Against Trump is hoping to chip away at Mr. Trump’s support from white, college-educated Republican voters in the suburbs, hoping a more surgical approach will help to elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., his expected Democratic opponent.”

“The new group is set to begin a $10 million digital and television advertising campaign that will use personal stories of conservative voters giving voice to their deep — and sometimes brand-new — dissatisfaction with the president.”

Charlotte Observer editorial advises North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) to call President Trump’s bluff on needing a “guarantee” that Republicans can hold a 50,000 person convention in the state with the only answer he can provide right now: No.

“The alternative – giving an unqualified nod to the convention – is untenable. No one, including Trump and Cooper, knows what COVID-19 will look like late this summer. It’s possible North Carolina could see the kind of coronavirus progress that allows for a large-scale indoor event to be safely held here. It’s just as possible that loosening restrictions in May and June could result in a spike of infections in July and August, and that the convention will be unsafe for Charlotte and its global guests.”

“Stan Greenberg, one of the Democratic Party’s longtime leading pollsters, urged Hillary Clinton in 2016 to pick Elizabeth Warren as her vice president. He thinks Clinton would be president had she listened,” Politico reports.

“Now Greenberg — who popularized the term ‘Reagan Democrats’ and came to prominence as Bill Clinton’s lead pollster — is urging Joe Biden’s team to heed the same advice.”

“Earlier this month, he briefed top Biden campaign officials on two battleground surveys conducted by his firm. Accompanied by a slide presentation… Greenberg addressed the question hanging over Biden and his inner circle: Which vice presidential candidate will help the most in November? The conclusion was blunt: ‘Senator Warren is the obvious solution.’”

When President Trump installed Bill Stepien as his new deputy campaign manager, it was “a DC-style coup that still lets Brad Parscale keep his title of campaign manager,” Business Insider reports. Said one adviser: “Trump never fires people. He works around them.”

Some Trump advisers note that Stepien’s ascendance “gives Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and arguably the most important staffer on the entire 2020 effort, almost singular control over the 2020 re-election campaign.”

The Trump campaign’s new chief of staff, Stephanie Alexander, was charged with conspiracy to violate Oklahoma election laws in 2016 after cops arrested her boyfriend for cocaine and found incriminating texts on his phone, Business Insider reports.

Prosecutors claimed that Alexander and several alleged co-conspirators illegally coordinated the efforts of a “dark money” independent group with the campaign of a GOP candidate for Oklahoma superintendent of public instruction.

“The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a lack of immunity to the new coronavirus does not qualify a voter to apply for a mail-in ballot,” the Texas Tribune reports.

“In the latest twist in the legal fight over voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, the court agreed with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that the risk of contracting the virus alone does not meet the state’s qualifications for voting by mail.”

But this is interesting: “Though the court sided with Paxton’s interpretation of what constitutes a disability, it indicated it was up to voters to assess their own health and determine if they met the state’s definition.”

“Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed President Trump’s insistence that the Republican National Convention occur as planned despite the pandemic, and suggested neither party had any business holding its massive quadrennial gathering given the risks to public health,” NBC News reports.

Said Pelosi: “I don’t think there’s anyone who would say at this point that tens of thousands of people should come together for a political convention, no matter how great an ego trip it is for somebody.”

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