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The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden leads Trump by 6 points in new poll

The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden leads Trump by 6 points in new poll
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Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe.

We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail. 

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LEADING THE DAY: 

A new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll shows former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Florida heat sends a dozen Trump rally attendees to hospital Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report MORE leading President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE less than six months out from the general election. Fifty-three percent of respondents said they would support Biden at the ballot box in November, while 47 percent said they would vote for Trump. 

The survey, which was released exclusively to The Hill, comes as voters’ approval of Trump appears to sour amid the coronavirus pandemic. Trump’s approval rating dropped two points in the same poll to 47 percent, while voters’ approval of his handling of the coronavirus fell 5 points to 46 percent. 

“[Trump] continues to lag in the national presidential horse race while Biden’s numbers have shown no change up or down. This race is far from over and both candidates have potentially winning scenarios,” Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll Director Mark PennMark PennPlurality of voters say U.S. coronavirus measures are not strict enough: poll Exclusive poll: Biden leads in Florida, Pennsylvania and North Carolina Poll: Biden builds bigger lead nationally MORE told The Hill. 

Other surveys also show the president trailing the presumptive Democratic nominee. The RealClearPolitics polling average showed the presumptive Democratic nominee leading the president by 4.7 points on Tuesday. 

The administration is facing backlash from public health officials and business leaders who say the White House does not have a national plan to handle the pandemic, instead deferring to individual states to set up their own reopening plans. 

The White House has pushed back on criticism that it does not have a coordinated response. Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany touted the pandemic preparedness plan at a briefing last week. 

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Regardless, the race between Trump and Biden appears to be getting personal. Trump’s campaign launched a true-crime style website dubbed “Truth Over Facts” on Monday, hitting Biden over what the president’s campaign called “incomprehensible statements.” The Biden campaign, on the other hand, has continued to ding Trump on various fronts, including the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and U.S.-China relations. 

--Julia Manchester 

READ MORE:

Biden leads Trump by 6 points as voters sour on pandemic response: poll, by Julia.

 

PERSPECTIVES:

Brad Bannon: Klobuchar and Harris could bolster Biden in the Midwest.

Nathalie Rayes: We can engage voters and redefine elections in time of COVID-19.

 

FROM THE TRAIL:

Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerTwo arrested in federal crackdown on extremism in Michigan Trump testing czar warns local officials may impose 'draconian measures' to combat COVID-19 Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Every time Trump talks about me 'I get more death threats' MORE said in an interview with NBC’s “3rd Hour of Today” on Tuesday that she has had a “opening conversation” with Biden about her potential as his running mate. “I am making a little bit of time to stay connected to the campaign, but the most important thing that I have to do right now is be the governor of my home state. That’s all that matters to me in this moment," she said. Max Greenwood reports. 

Julie Chávez Rodriguez, the granddaughter of the late labor leader César Chávez, joined Biden’s campaign as senior Latino outreach adviser. Rodriguez will work with the former president of the Latino Victory Fund who manages Latino voter issues for the Biden campaign. She previously worked as the California state director for Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report Maya Rudolph says she loves playing Kamala Harris on SNL: 'Feels like being on the side of the good guys' MORE’s presidential campaign. Jonathan Easley reports. 

FROM CONGRESS & THE STATES:

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren has expressed interest in being Biden's Treasury secretary: report The Democrats' 50 state strategy never reached rural America What a Biden administration should look like MORE (D-Mass.) rolled out a slate of House and Senate endorsements on Tuesday. The former 2020 contender announced she was putting her support behind Air Force veteran MJ Hegar, who is challenging Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP sees path to hold Senate majority Cook moves Texas to 'toss-up' Biden pushes into Trump territory MORE (R-Texas), in addition to endorsing former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who is challenging Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyDemocrats seek wave to bolster House majority Texas Republicans sound post-2020 alarm bells The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Smart or senseless for Biden to spend time in Georgia, Iowa? MORE (R). Warren also endorsed a number of Democratic House incumbents, including Reps. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroFormer DNC finance chairman Henry Muñoz: Latinos 'need to lead ourselves' Overnight Defense: Trump says he's leaving Walter Reed, 'feeling really good' after COVID-19 treatment | White House coronavirus outbreak grows | Dems expand probe into Pompeo speeches House Democrats push forward on probe of Pompeo's political speeches MORE (Texas), Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathBiden pushes into Trump territory This week: House returns for pre-election sprint House Democrats' campaign arm reserves .6M in ads in competitive districts MORE (Ga.) and Matt CartwrightMatthew (Matt) Alton CartwrightThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats break fundraising records in Senate races Races heat up for House leadership posts Trump Jr. seeks to elect 'new blood' to Republican Party MORE (Pa.). The Hill’s Zack Budryk reports.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez'Drink water and don't be racist': Ocasio-Cortez gives Republicans upset over Vanity Fair outfit 'pointers' on how to look better OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump strips protections for Tongass forest, opening it to logging | Interior 'propaganda' video and tweets may violate ethics laws, experts say | Democrats see Green New Deal yielding gains despite GOP attacks Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' MORE (D-N.Y.) endorsed progressive Georgia House candidate Nabilah Islam in the state’s Democratic primary on Tuesday. Islam, who is seeking the open seat in Georgia’s 7th congressional district, is running on a progressive platform, including pledges to support "Medicare for All," the Green New Deal and a $15 minimum wage. The Hill’s Rebecca Klar reports.

POLL WATCH:

HARVARD CAPS/HARRIS- GENERAL PRESIDENTIAL

Biden: 53 percent

Trump: 47 percent

 

ROANOKE COLLEGE- VIRGINIA PRESIDENTIAL 

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Biden: 51 percent

Trump: 39 percent

 

OH PREDICTIVE INSIGHTS- ARIZONA PRESIDENTIAL 

Biden: 50 percent

Trump: 43 percent

 

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CIVIQS - GEORGIA PRESIDENTIAL

Biden: 48 percent

Trump: 47 percent

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

(Keep in mind these dates could change because of the outbreak.)

May 19:

Oregon, Idaho primaries

 

May 22:

Hawaii Democratic primary

 

June 2:

Delaware primaries

District of Columbia primaries

Indiana primaries

Maryland primaries

Montana primaries

New Mexico primaries

Pennsylvania primaries

Rhode Island primaries

South Dakota primaries

 

June 9:

Georgia primaries

West Virginia primaries

 

June 23:

Kentucky primaries

 

July 7:

New Jersey primaries

 

July 11:

Louisiana

 

July 14:

Alabama Republican Senate primary runoff

 

August 11:

Connecticut primary

 

August 17-20:

Democratic National Convention

 

August 24-27:

Republican National Convention

ONE HOPEFUL THING

Actor and noted Springfield, Missouri native, Brad Pitt, paid homage to his hometown in a video to Missouri State University’s 2020 graduates this week. 

“Hi everyone, Brad here from quarantine, with a shout out to the graduating class of Missouri State University,” Pitt said in a video shared by the university. 

“It must be very strange doing this in these trying times, but know we’re rooting for you, our money’s on you to make this world a better place, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors,” he continued. 

Pitt is the latest famous figure to publicly offer his congratulations to the class of 2020, who have had to forgo a traditional graduation due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWho is 'Anonymous' author Miles Taylor? Gallup poll shows historic gap between parties on president's approval rating On The Trail: The fallacy of a conclusive election night MORE and basketball star LeBron James joined a legion of other stars over the weekend to honor the class of 2020 in a virtual graduation ceremony dubbed “Graduate Together: America Honors The High School Class of 2020.” 

Zendaya, Dua Lipa, Timothee Chalamet and Megan Rapinoe were among the other celebrities that participated in the special, which aired on more than 30 cable networks and digital platforms. 

We’ll see you tomorrow for the latest campaign news and updates!