The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump makes last-minute plea to suburban voters

The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump makes last-minute plea to suburban voters
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We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail:



LEADING THE DAY: Red flags for Trump in suburbia 

We’re 19 days out from Election Day, and President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE is literally begging for votes from suburban women. 

“Suburban women, will you please like me?” Trump pleaded at a rally in Johnstown, Pa., on Tuesday night, flanked by pink Women for Trump signs. “I saved your damn neighborhood, OK?”

Trump made another play for the voting bloc on Wednesday when he virtually addressed the Economic Clubs of New York, Washington, Chicago, Sheboygan and Pittsburgh. 

According to CNN, Trump warned of “an economic catastrophe of unimaginable proportions” under a Biden administration. 

“Your suburb will be gone. The American dream will be gone,” Trump said.

So how is Trump’s messaging in the suburbs going? 


Democrats say he’s pushing an outdated message and that his idea of the suburbs simply does not exist anymore. 

“Trump seems to be operating on a decades-old picture of what suburbs look like,” Spencer Critchley, a former adviser to former President Obama, told The Hill in August. “He’s picturing them as the classic '50s and '60s white middle class families in suburbs fleeing the cities, in part to get away from Black and brown people, and that’s no longer true. The suburbs are very mixed ethnically and economically.” 

And polling suggests that Trump has reason to worry about the suburbs, which he won by four points in 2016. A Washington Post/ABC News survey released in August showed Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenFederal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Jill Biden gives shout out to Champ, Major on National Pet Day MORE leading Trump by 13 points with suburban women.

Additionally, an NPR-PBS Newshour-Marist poll released in July found his disapproval rating among suburban women at 66 percent, with 58 percent saying they “strongly” disapproved of the job Trump is doing.


The Hill’s Brett Samuels has everything you need to know on the controversy that dominated Washington on Wednesday.

The New York Post published a story alleging that Hunter Biden used his influence to connect a Ukrainian businessman and a fellow board member at the gas company Burisma with his father when he was vice president. 

There are major questions about the sourcing in the story, but the Trump campaign went all in on it, launching ads and releasing multiple statements hitting Biden on it.

The bigger story that comes out of this may involve the tech giants.

Twitter banned the story from being shared and Facebook is limiting its reach. Free speech advocates said a rubicon had been breached and Republicans wondered why questionably sourced stories about Trump have never received the same treatment.



Trump will campaign in Georgia this week, and the latest Quinnipiac University poll suggests he’s got some ground to make up. The survey found Biden ahead by 7 points in a state that hasn’t gone for the Democratic nominee since 1992.

The poll also found the Democratic Senate candidates leading their GOP rivals in contests that will play a major factor in who controls the upper chamber. 

Quinnipiac’s polls have been very favorable for Biden this cycle. Other pollsters have found the race in Georgia to be much closer.

But the latest New York Times-Siena College poll finds Biden leading Trump by 4 points in North Carolina, where Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings GOP senator recovering from surgery for prostate cancer Congress must address the toxic exposure our veterans have endured MORE (R-N.C.) also trails in his reelection race.

The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant and Jonathan Easley report: Trump is hitting the trail this week in a late push to shore up support from the swing voters that broke his way in 2016.  

The president’s travel — which will take him to Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Iowa, Georgia and Florida — underscores the degree to which the president is on defense with less than a month to go before the election. 

The Hill: Trump hits the road in scramble to shore up support from 2016



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.) pulled in $28 million in the third quarter of 2020, his campaign said on Wednesday. 

That would be a record for a Senate candidate in South Carolina — if not for the fact that his Democratic opponent Jaime Harrison raised a staggering $57 million in the same timeframe. The race between Graham and Harrison is tight, with recent polls showing the two statistically tied just three weeks out from Election Day. 

The Hill’s Tal Axelrod has more on Graham’s latest fundraising haul here.