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The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden closes in on vice presidential pick

The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden closes in on vice presidential pick
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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: Biden closes in on vice presidential pick

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE is getting close to announcing his running mate.

The decision is expected to be the first week in August, several weeks before the Democratic National Convention starting on Aug. 17.

The vetting process is completed and interviews are done. Now, the final contenders are engaged in furious last-minute jockeying, The Hill’s Amie Parnes reports.

We know a few things about the kind of person Biden will pick. 

The former vice president says he will pick someone he is comfortable around. And he’s pledged to pick a woman. Many are expecting Biden will select a woman of color, although Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House MORE (D-Mass.) is very much in the running. 

Others being considered include Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHouse Budget Committee 'not considering' firing CBO director Former North Carolina governor set to launch Senate bid How to manage migration intensified by climate change MORE (D-Calif.), former national security adviser Susan Rice and Reps. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassShocking killing renews tensions over police 10 Democrats join NAACP lawsuit against Trump Lobbying world MORE (D-Calif.) and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsTrump hands Rubio coveted reelection endorsement in Florida Democrats urge Biden to take executive action on assault-style firearms Vanita Gupta will fight for all as associate attorney general MORE (D-Fla.).

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-- Jonathan Easley 

 

FROM THE TRAIL:

Senate Republicans left out funding for mail-in and early voting during the COVID-19 pandemic in their stimulus bill rolled out Monday, prompting backlash from Democrats, election officials and advocacy groups. Maggie Miller reports.

A spokesman for President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE’s reelection campaign argued that public opinion surveys are “skewed to the left” and do not fully account for the president’s support ahead of the November election. The Trump campaign in recent days has ramped up its efforts to question the polls as surveys find Biden leading nationally and in the battleground states with less than 100 days to go before the election. Jonathan reports.

 

FROM CONGRESS AND THE STATES: 

The Lincoln Project, a GOP anti-Trump group, on Wednesday launched a $4 million ad buy targeting Senate contests in Maine, Alaska and Montana. Julia Manchester reports.

Democrat Jaime Harrison hit Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMSNBC's Joy Reid pans Manchin, Sinema as the 'no progress caucus' Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike MORE (R-S.C.) on Wednesday for running a Facebook ad that features an apparently darkened image of the Senate hopeful, suggesting that the ad carries racist undertones. The controversy comes as Graham faces his toughest reelection bid in years. Max Greenwood reports.

The Brady PAC, which promotes gun control reforms, has new polling out showing Biden running strong in Texas, Colorado, Iowa and North Carolina. The survey also finds majority support in those states for a national gun registry, trigger locks, a federal assault weapons ban and a ban on high capacity magazines. See the poll HERE.

 

POLLS:

GEORGIA PRESIDENTIAL - MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY

Trump: 47%

Bide: 47%

 

CNBC/CHANGE RESEARCH – PRESIDENTIAL BATTLEGROUNDS

ARIZONA

Biden: 47%

Trump: 45%

 

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FLORIDA

Biden: 48%

Trump: 45%

 

MICHIGAN

Biden: 46%

Trump: 42%

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NORTH CAROLINA

Biden: 49%

Trump: 46%

 

PENNSYLVANIA

Biden: 48%

Trump: 46%

 

WISCONSIN

Biden: 48%

Trump: 43%

 

PERSPECTIVES:

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Albert HuntAsian American voters could make the difference in 2020

Steve IsraelJoe Biden is the candidate for Israel

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

Aug. 4:

Arizona primaries

Kansas primaries

Michigan primaries

Missouri primaries

Washington primaries

 

Aug. 6

Tennesse primaries

 

Aug. 8

Hawaii primaries

 

Aug. 11:

Connecticut primaries

Minnesota primaries

Vermont primaries

Wisconsin primaries

Georgia primary runoffs

 

Aug. 18:

Alaska primaries

Florida primaries

Wyoming primaries

 

Aug. 17-20:

Democratic National Convention

 

Aug. 24-27:

Republican National Convention

 

Sept. 1:

Massachusetts primaries

 

Sept. 8:

New Hampshire primaries

Rhode Island primaries

 

Sept. 15:

Delaware primaries

 

Sept. 29:

First presidential debate

 

Oct. 7:

Vice presidential debate

 

Oct. 15:

Second presidential debate

 

Oct. 22:

Third presidential debate