The Campaign Report – 11/1/2020

A new Fox News poll finds Joe Biden leading Donald Trump nationally in the presidential race, 52% to 44%.

Gallup: “Democrats have a clear edge over Republicans on enthusiasm, with 75% and 66%, respectively, feeling more enthusiastic.”

“While not quite as large as Democrats’ 15-percentage-point enthusiasm advantage in 2008 when Barack Obama was running for the first time, the current nine-point spread contrasts with a near tie in 2016 and Republican advantages in 2012 and 2000.”

Fox News President Jay Wallace told the New York Times that cable channel would be reluctant to put President Trump to air if he phoned in during the night.

Said Wallace: “Honestly, we’d have to see what was going on.”

New York Times: “Batches of ballots that will be counted at different times, depending on the swing state. Twitter gadflies and foreign agents intent on sowing confusion. A president who has telegraphed for months that he may not accept results he deems unfavorable. Television executives overseeing this year’s election night broadcasts are facing big challenges. And the world will be watching.”

The Associated Press says it will explain how it calls races.

Barack Obama laid into President Trump over his claim that doctors have tried to profit off of the coronavirus pandemic by intentionally inflating the number of COVID-19 cases, The Hill reports.

Said Obama: “He does not understand the notion that somebody would risk their lives to save others without making a buck.”

USA Today: “Just in time for Election Day, President Trump’s last South Florida rally and expectations the first lady will cast her vote locally, the Times Square billboards showing Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner seemingly delighting in the death and suffering caused by the coronavirus pandemic will be floating near Mar-a-Lago this weekend.”

“The billboards are the latest salvo fired by The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump group of mostly Republicans, that has inundated the Internet with ads targeting Trump and other Republican candidates.”

Politico: “Top surrogates for the Trump campaign have been told to keep their Novembers clear for potential campaign events. And Trump campaign advisers said not to rule out the possibility Trump continues his rallies even as election officials continue to count ballots after the Nov. 3 election, according to a campaign surrogate and two Trump advisers.”

“With the possibility that there might not be a clear winner on election night in key swing states like Pennsylvania and North Carolina, the campaign has discussed putting Trump and his family on the road to give a morale boost to supporters and let the president fire off about the election to crowds.”

Supporters of President Trump harassed a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris bus as it traveled through Central Texas, KXAN reports.

“Videos and photos posted on social media show a long line of vehicles flying Trump flags trailing the Biden-Harris bus as it traveled from San Antonio to Austin on I-35. In some images, the bus appears to be boxed in by the vehicles.”

“As a result of the incident, campaign events in Austin and Pflugerville were canceled.”

Daily Beast: Trump supporters harass Biden bus.

“Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle wants every mail distribution center in the county to be searched for undelivered ballots, and for those ballots to be brought immediately to the Miami-Dade Elections Department ahead of the Nov. 3 election,” the Miami Herald reports.

More than seven million mailed ballots had not been returned in the 13 most competitive states that require ballots to arrive on or before Election Day, the Wall Street Journal reports.

That’s about 28% of the more than 24 million ballots that had been tallied in those states.

Many of the states, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona and Florida, were narrowly won in the 2016 presidential election, in some cases by only a few thousand votes, making the outstanding ballots potentially critical to figuring a winner this time around.

Jim Obergefell and Richard Hodges, who sat on opposite sides of history in the Supreme Court case that decided marriage equality, write that they’re united in support of Joe Biden.

“One candidate is a rational, principled, empathetic and competent leader. The other is not. One respects the office of the presidency and has genuine concern for the people whom he serves. The other does not.”

“Democrats, Republicans and voting-rights groups are readying for postelection legal battles in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin—closely contested states where the late tallying of absentee ballots could result in litigation,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The Trump and Biden campaigns and the two major parties have poured legal resources into these three states, which President Trump crucially flipped from Democrats in his 2016 victory, and where he is closely trailing Joe Biden.”

Washington Post: “For months, Republicans have pushed largely unsuccessfully to limit new avenues for voting in the midst of the pandemic. But with next week’s election rapidly approaching, they have shifted their legal strategy in recent days to focus on tactics aimed at challenging ballots one by one, in some cases seeking to discard votes already cast during a swell of early voting.”

“From the deepest conservative states to more Democratic leaning terrain, Senate Republicans face a brutal political environment that has left the GOP needing to pull off a near-perfect run in a dozen highly competitive races to retain the majority,” the Washington Post reports.

“That environment, with a pandemic killing nearly 230,000 Americans and leaving millions unemployed, wounded President Trump’s standing even in his most reliable states, dragging Republican incumbents down with him and opening new avenues for Democrats to pursue the Senate majority.”

“A presidential election that has driven a nation to drink is being fought to the bitter end by two men who do not,” the New York Times reports.

“For the first time in modern history, both major party candidates for the White House are teetotalers. President Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, have not had an alcoholic drink over the course of their lives, by their own accounts.”

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