Thursday Campaign Roundup, 8.6.20

Today’s episode of campaign-related news from across the country.

* It’s Primary day in Tennessee, and the race to the marquee is the Republican primary in the US Senate, opposing Bill Hagerty, former ambassador to Japan, against Manny Sethi, orthopedic surgeon. The race was ugly, with each accusing the other of being insufficiently far-right.

* On a related note, although some top Republicans are split on the Tennessee race, Donald Trump held a virtual event last night for Hagerty, who the president endorsed before even launching his candidacy.

* The Senate Leadership Fund, the Republican super PAC with close ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the party’s GOP leadership, originally planned to launch ad buys airing after Labor Day. Seemingly nervous, the super PAC is now spend $21 million in August to support Republican candidates in Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Montana and North Carolina.

* On the fundraising front, Joe Biden overtook Trump in May and June, but the incumbent overtook his challenger in July. Equally important, however, at the start of August, the two main party candidates were almost equal when it came to cash.

* In Iowa, which Trump won by double digits four years ago, the last Monmouth Poll found the president with a narrow lead over Biden, 48% to 45%.

* The same Monmouth Poll found incumbent Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) with an identical lead over Theresa Greenfield (D), 48% to 45%. It’s a race that will most likely help determine which party will control the Senate in the next Congress.

* Although a significantly scaled-down Democratic convention will still be held in Milwaukee, Biden will deliver his nomination acceptance speech virtually from his home state of Delaware.

* It now appears Republican operatives are also trying to get Kanye West’s name on the presidential ballot in Coloradoin the same way Arkansas, Vermont, Wisconsinand Ohio, among others. The artist’s wife, Kim Kardashian, recently suggested the artist struggles with mental health issues.

* And in a bizarre online attack yesterday, the Trump campaign photoshopped an image of Biden at a public event while complaining about his reluctance to hold public events.

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