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Were Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Heres what were watching today on the campaign trail.
BREAKING: The Biden-Sanders unity task force unveiled its recommendations for the Democratic Party platform on Wednesday. The task force, which was launched in May, laid out its platform recommendations on a number of key issues including climate change, criminal justice reform, immigration policies, health care, education and the economy in a 110-page document. You can read the full list of recommendations here.
LEADING THE DAY:
Democrats are pulling in record-setting fundraising hauls that could help them recapture control of the Senate in November.
In North Carolina, Democratic candidate Cal Cunningham raised $7.4 million in the second quarter of 2020, beating a quarterly record previously set by former Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven HaganThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump’s job approval erodes among groups that powered his 2016 victoryCunningham sets Senate fundraising record in North Carolina in challenge to TillisThe Hill’s Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate controlMORE (D-N.C.) in 2014. In Montana, Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockHealth care group launches M ad campaign hitting Trump in battleground statesThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump’s job approval erodes among groups that powered his 2016 victory Senate outlook slides for GOP MORE (D) brought in $7.7 million for his bid to unseat Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesHealth care group launches M ad campaign hitting Trump in battleground statesThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump’s job approval erodes among groups that powered his 2016 victory Senate outlook slides for GOP MORE (R-Mont.), also setting a state record in the process.
The list goes on.
Jaime Harrison, the Democratic Senate nominee in South Carolina, raised $13.9 million in the second quarter; Theresa Greenfield, whos challenging Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstTrump renews culture war, putting GOP on edgeThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump’s job approval erodes among groups that powered his 2016 victory Senate outlook slides for GOP MORE (R) in Iowa, brought in more than $6 million. And Maine state House Speaker Sara Gideon (D) raised more than twice as much as her opponent, Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsRomney, Collins, Murkowski won’t attend GOP conventionSusan Collins signals she won’t campaign against BidenGraham challenger Harrison raises record-shattering .9 million for SC Senate bidMORE (R) in the pre-primary period spanning April, May and most of June.
Democrats are celebrating the staggering fundraising numbers as a sign of momentum and enthusiasm for their candidates four months before Election Day. The party needs to pick up at least three or four Republican-held Senate seats this year to capture a majority in the chamber, depending on which party wins control of the White House, and the flood of campaign cash provides a critical financial cushion ahead of what is expected to be an exceedingly expensive fall campaign season.
Democratic Senate candidates have had strong grassroots fundraising all cycle, and these latest record-breaking numbers reflect the growing interest in these Senate battlegrounds and an unprecedented motivation to hold Republicans accountable, Lauren Passalacqua, the communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said.
Some Republicans dismissed the Democratic fundraising numbers, pointing to instances in which better-funded candidates ultimately lost to hopefuls with tighter budgets. In 2014, for instance, Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Trump’s job approval erodes among groups that powered his 2016 victoryCunningham sets Senate fundraising record in North Carolina in challenge to Tillis Senate outlook slides for GOP MORE (R-N.C.) beat out then-incumbent Hagan despite her setting a quarterly fundraising record that year.
Im not panicking, said Brent Littlefield, a Washington-based GOP strategist from Maine who was a senior adviser to former Gov. Paul LePage (R).
Ive run a lot of races where weve been heavily outspent by our opponents … if you spend efficiently, you can make up for fundraising disparities, and at some point theres a diminishing return for just throwing your money around out there.
Democrats awash with cash in battle for Senate, by Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley
Trump campaign says Univision is ‘Leftist propaganda’, by The Hill’s J. Edward Moreno
Maryland governor says all polling locations will be open to in-person voters in November, by The Hill’s Justine Coleman
New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries, by The Hill’s Tal Axelrod
FROM THE TRAIL:
Democrats are taking aggressive steps to highlight President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primariesTucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a ‘coward’Trump on Confederate flag: ‘It’s freedom of speech’MOREs focus on the hot-button cultural topics of race and heritage, betting it will play to their partys advantage in November. The Hill’s Mike Lillis and Cristina Marcos report.
Progressive activist Ady Barkan threw his support behind Biden on Wednesday and urged the presumptive Democratic nominee to pick progressive Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenConsumer bureau revokes payday lending restrictionsTammy Duckworth hits back at Tucker Carlson: ‘Walk a mile in my legs’Trump criticizes Redskins, Indians over potential name changesMORE (D-Mass.) as his running mate. Even though he wasnt our first choice, I dont think that progressives and Democratic socialists should sit out the election, or vote third party, and I wanted to make that clear, Barkan said in an interview with the New York Times. Jonathan has more.
Barkan’s support for Biden is good news for the former vice president’s campaign, as some progressives told The Hills Amie Parnes and Jonathan Easley that theyre wary of Bidens pledges to find areas of compromise with Republicans.
The Trump campaign has tapped White House official Max Miller to oversee its advance team and organize rallies as the deputy campaign manager for presidential operations. Miller will be responsible for any events including Trump, Vice President Pence, and other notable figures. Tal reports.
Theresa Greenfield, the Democratic nominee that will take on Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), raised more than $6 million in the second quarter of the year, her campaign announced on Tuesday. Shes the latest Democratic Senate hopeful to shatter a fundraising record in her state.
Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier (D) raised $3.7 million in the second quarter for her Senate campaign. The haul is the largest reported single-quarter fundraising of any candidate in any race in Kansas history. Bolliers campaign said it has $4 million in the bank.Tal reports.
The Republican State Legislature Committee announced this week that it brought in a record $10.5 million in 2020s second quarter along with the State Government Leadership Foundation. Additionally, the RSLC said it had its best ever online fundraising quarter and added 5,500 new donors. Their average online donation was under $28.00.
Americans in every state are stepping up to join our fight to save this country and theyre doing so with an unprecedented amount of support and enthusiasm, RSLC president Austin Chambers said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee announced it raked in $5.8 million in the second quarter. The group said that it, along with its affiliated organizations, have raised a total of $30 million this cycle.
Thanks to record-breaking fundraising and grassroots energy, Democrats are primed to flip state legislatures across the country, said DLCC president Jessica Post.
The nations second largest teachers union is putting $1 million behind a new television and digital ad campaign urging the GOP-controlled Senate to provide additional funding to schools to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) said that in addition to current funding levels, U.S. schools need an additional $116.5 billion to meet public health, well-being and instructional needs of students, teachers and school staff in order to reopen safely. Jonathan reports.
The liberal super PAC American Bridge is launching a new round of television, radio and digital ads in three battleground states aimed at weakening President Trump among key groups that supported his 2016 White House bid. The ads, which will run in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, are part of a $25 million campaign running through the end of August targeting rural voters and seniors. Jonathan reports.
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