'Character Matters,' Obama Tells a Drive-in Rally for Biden in Philadelphia
2020 Elections
'Character Matters,' Obama Tells a Drive-in Rally for Biden in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Former President Barack Obama delivered a punishing rebuke of his successor Donald Trump's tenure and a clarion call to supporters for his old running mate Joe Biden at a drive-in rally outside Citizens Bank Park as the sun set Wednesday night. Trump's tone and the misinformation he... Read More

Trump, Stirring Up More Chaos in Final Stretch, May be Exhausting the Voters He Needs
2020 Elections
Trump, Stirring Up More Chaos in Final Stretch, May be Exhausting the Voters He Needs

KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. - In the final throes of an increasingly daunting reelection campaign, President Donald Trump is revving up his rally schedule and whipping his supporters into a frenzy with the type of nonstop outrage that helped make him the most... Read More

Trump Campaign Burned Through Almost Half Its Cash in September
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Burned Through Almost Half Its Cash in September

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's campaign burned through almost half of its cash in September, as his reelection effort cut back on advertising in some key battleground states and he lags in the polls behind his much better-funded Democratic adversary, Joe Biden. The latest... Read More

Battleground State Doctors Call for TV Stations to Remove Misleading Trump Ad
2020 Elections
Battleground State Doctors Call for TV Stations to Remove Misleading Trump Ad
2020-10-13 20:42:33
by Dan McCue

This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to [email protected] A television ad the Trump reelection campaign... Read More

Minnesota, the Battleground State That Became Ground Zero for Civil Unrest
2020 Elections
Minnesota, the Battleground State That Became Ground Zero for Civil Unrest
2020-10-10 14:34:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If there's one sweeping generalization one can safely make about the people of Minnesota, it is that the vast majority of them love to participate in electoral politics. Since 2000, no fewer than 70% of registered voters have... Read More

Despite Surprise News, Polls Show a Stable Race with Trump Behind in Key States
Opinion Polls
Despite Surprise News, Polls Show a Stable Race with Trump Behind in Key States

WASHINGTON — The last few weeks have heaped surprise after surprise onto an already-contentious race for the White House: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, the confirmation battle over her replacement, reports that President Donald Trump paid only $750 in federal... Read More

Arizona: The Battleground State With The Sharpest Divides
2020 Elections
Arizona: The Battleground State With The Sharpest Divides
2020-10-02 15:24:19
by Dan McCue

You can call it the battleground state with the sharpest divisions. Like the jagged edges that course through the Grand Canyon, Arizona's political landscape is marked by sharp distinctions, shadows and hazardous crevices. As the Oct. 7 start of early... Read More

North Carolina a Battleground State Brimming with Controversies
2020 Elections
North Carolina a Battleground State Brimming with Controversies
2020-09-26 14:44:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In the battleground state of North Carolina the conventional wisdom is simply put: President Donald Trump can win re-election even if he just squeaks out a victory in the Tar Heel State, but he might as well pack... Read More

Trump Campaign Slashes Ad Spending in Key States in Cash Crunch
2020 Elections
Trump Campaign Slashes Ad Spending in Key States in Cash Crunch

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s campaign is scaling back its television advertising spending and in some cases abandoning it altogether for now in key states, facing a cash crunch brought on by huge investments in staff and operations. Trump’s reelection... Read More

Biden Lavishes Time and Money on Key Industrial States, But Hasn’t Locked Them Down Yet
2020 Elections
Biden Lavishes Time and Money on Key Industrial States, But Hasn’t Locked Them Down Yet

WASHINGTON — The worst strategic mistake Hillary Clinton made in her 2016 campaign for president, many analysts believe, was overconfidence about three states Democrats had won in every presidential election since 1992 — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. No one is... Read More

Battleground States Voters Age 50 and Over Still Closely Divided on Election
Opinion Polls
Battleground States Voters Age 50 and Over Still Closely Divided on Election
2020-09-10 21:19:52
by Reece Nations

Two sets of public opinion surveys commissioned by AARP across 11 key battleground states found a majority of likely voters aged 50 and older plan to cast their ballots either absentee or during the early voting period this election cycle.... Read More

Absentee Ballot Requests Cropping Up in Front Yards, Churches
2020 Elections
Absentee Ballot Requests Cropping Up in Front Yards, Churches

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Ohioans stake the names of their preferred candidates in the November election outside their homes, a new form of activism is showing up alongside the traditional candidate yard signs. Absentee ballot requests, voter registration forms and... Read More

Swing State Voters Support Vote-By-Mail Despite Concerns
2020 Elections
Swing State Voters Support Vote-By-Mail Despite Concerns
2020-08-04 19:49:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Roughly half of voters in the battleground states of Michigan and Pennsylvania have health concerns due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and would prefer to vote by mail in the November election, according to a new poll. The... Read More

Third Way: Biden Will Win If He Can 'Seal the Deal' With Undecided Suburban Voters
2020 Elections
Third Way: Biden Will Win If He Can 'Seal the Deal' With Undecided Suburban Voters
2020-07-31 18:50:44
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Four months out from Election Day, Democrats appear on the upswing in America's increasingly diverse suburbs. But to seal the deal, and secure the White House, presumptive nominee Joe Biden needs to win over the one-in-five suburban voters... Read More

Pennsylvania Voters Think Trump is Bungling the Coronavirus Pandemic, New Poll Says
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Pennsylvania Voters Think Trump is Bungling the Coronavirus Pandemic, New Poll Says

PHILADELPHIA — A predictable downturn in the mood of Pennsylvania voters amid the coronavirus pandemic and a slumping economy spells trouble for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, according to a new poll. And former Vice President Joe Biden benefits: The... Read More

Trump Spends 9-in-10 Advertising Dollars Defending States He Won
2020 Elections
Trump Spends 9-in-10 Advertising Dollars Defending States He Won

President Donald Trump is spending nearly all of his advertising money to keep states he won in 2016, playing a game of defense in areas a Republican incumbent should be able to count on. More than 92% of his state-based... Read More

Biden is Beating Trump Big in Pennsylvania. Will Anything Change That?
2020 Elections
Biden is Beating Trump Big in Pennsylvania. Will Anything Change That?

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania was supposed to be a dogfight in this year’s presidential race. Decided by less than 1 percentage point in 2016 and crucial to the electoral math for both President Donald Trump and Joe Biden, both parties began... Read More

Biden Bolsters Campaign Staff in Key Battleground State of North Carolina
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Biden Bolsters Campaign Staff in Key Battleground State of North Carolina
2020-07-22 19:03:56
by Dan McCue

The Biden for President campaign is expanding its staff and operations in the key battleground state of North Carolina, where polls currently have the former vice president leading President Trump by two percentage points. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in North... Read More

Pennsylvania Primaries to Set Match-Ups in House Battlegrounds
2020 Elections
Pennsylvania Primaries to Set Match-Ups in House Battlegrounds

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania will be a crucial battleground in the presidential race, and the Keystone State will also host a handful of competitive House races in 2020, including some the GOP considers critical to winning back the House. Republicans need... Read More

Poll: Trump Holds Advantage in Battleground States
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Poll: Trump Holds Advantage in Battleground States

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is ahead by 6 points in 15 battleground states, though presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden is leading nationally, according to a CNN poll released Wednesday. The poll showed that 52% of registered voters in battleground... Read More

Senate Challengers Flush With Campaign Cash in Pivotal States
2020 Elections
Senate Challengers Flush With Campaign Cash in Pivotal States

WASHINGTON — If first-quarter fundraising dollars were votes, then Democratic challengers would have captured Senate seats in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Maine and Montana. Nearly all the party’s Senate contenders hauled in more campaign money than their opponents in pivotal... Read More

Michael Bloomberg Plans New Entity to Boost Biden and Defeat Trump
2020 Elections
Michael Bloomberg Plans New Entity to Boost Biden and Defeat Trump

Michael Bloomberg plans a new organization with offices in six battleground states to help Joe Biden beat Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination and then defeat President Donald Trump in November, his campaign said this week. The new entity... Read More

A New Poll of 2020 Swing States Shows Just How Important Pa. Will Be
Opinion Polls
A New Poll of 2020 Swing States Shows Just How Important Pa. Will Be

President Donald Trump trails his potential Democratic rivals in Pennsylvania and Michigan and leads outright in Wisconsin, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll of the three Rust Belt swing states that cemented the president’s 2016 victory. Trump is within... Read More

States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
2020 Elections
States That Historically Lean Democrat Still Figure in Battleground Scenarios
2020-01-31 21:27:10
by Dan McCue

It has become the mantra for the run-up to the primaries and caucuses: pick the wrong Democratic nominee, and any one of the battleground states can wind up in President Donald Trump's column. This mindset comes heavily into play when... Read More

Once More Into the Fray: Battles Brewing in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina
2020 Elections
Once More Into the Fray: Battles Brewing in Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina
2020-01-24 16:31:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The story is a familiar one if you've been reading or talking about battleground and swing states this election cycle. Thanks to a combination of Donald Trump’s razor-thin wins and Hillary Clinton's narrow losses in 2016, and the... Read More

Democrats Make Multimillion Dollar Investment in Six Battleground States
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Democrats Make Multimillion Dollar Investment in Six Battleground States
2020-01-23 18:21:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic National Committee said Wednesday it intends to spend millions in six battleground states to ensure they are in the win column for the party's eventual presidential nominee come November. The investment in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North... Read More

New Hampshire Still Number One, Vegas Bets on Becoming a Bellwether
2020 Elections
New Hampshire Still Number One, Vegas Bets on Becoming a Bellwether
2020-01-21 22:07:57
by Dan McCue

Given the massive media attention it receives every four years as home to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, it's sometimes easy to forget that New Hampshire is also a swing state. For decades, polling has shown independent-minded New Hampshirites are nearly... Read More

Dems, GOP Bank On Early, Sustained Push to Secure Victory In Battleground State of Michigan
2020 Elections
Dems, GOP Bank On Early, Sustained Push to Secure Victory In Battleground State of Michigan
2020-01-07 17:49:46
by Dan McCue

Let's face it, for all the attention paid the early caucus and primary states, no one seriously expects the voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina to have the final say on who is ultimately chosen to be... Read More

Democrats See 2020 Election Won By Slim Margins In Several Key Battleground States
2020 Elections
Democrats See 2020 Election Won By Slim Margins In Several Key Battleground States
2019-11-08 21:11:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Democratic party believes whoever its eventual nominee is, the race to win the 2020 presidential election will come down to slim margins of victory in several key battleground states. As a result, said David Bergstein, the DNC's... Read More

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