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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 BidenLawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list GOP lawmaker blasts incoming freshman over allegations of presidential voter fraud Haaland has competition to be first Native American to lead Interior  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 WarrenDespite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill Overnight Defense: Defense bill moving forward despite Trump veto threat over tech fight | Government funding bill hits snag | Top general talks Afghanistan, Pentagon budget Katie Porter in heated exchange with Mnuchin: 'You're play-acting to be a lawyer' MORE (D-Mass.) is very much in the running. 

Others being considered include Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMiddle East: Quick start for Biden diplomacy Hillicon Valley: GOP chairman says defense bill leaves out Section 230 repeal | Senate panel advances FCC nominee | Krebs says threats to election officials 'undermining democracy' Top intelligence official says China targeting foreign influence at incoming Biden administration MORE (D-Calif.), former national security adviser Susan Rice and Reps. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump OKs transition; Biden taps Treasury, State experience Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Pressure grows on California governor to name Harris replacement MORE (D-Calif.) and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemings on Florida: 'We're excited about what we're seeing' but 'taking absolutely nothing for granted' Why it's time for a majority female Cabinet Sunday shows preview: The final push to Election Day 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 John TrumpFederal watchdog accuses VOA parent company of wrongdoing under Trump appointee Lawsuit alleges 200K Georgia voters were wrongly purged from registration list Ivanka Trump gives deposition in lawsuit alleging misuse of inauguration funds 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 GrahamDespite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill GOP urges Trump not to tank defense bill over tech fight Republican frustration builds over Cabinet picks 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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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