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Biden campaign gears up for legal warfare as he nears 270

Biden campaign gears up for legal warfare as he nears 270

The campaign spent the day deploying lawyers and calming supporters about Trump's rhetoric. "Biden rebuilt the blue wall," an aide said on one donor call.Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesAs Donald Trump tried to claim victory before votes were tallied in critical battleground states, the Biden campaign was privately telling supporters not to panic, even as it prepared for pitched legal battles with the president. In a Zoom call with donors Wednesday, the aides told the group that Joe Biden was on pace to reach 270 electoral votes in short order, beaming over victories in the Midwestern states that...

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Booming suburbs boost Biden in North Carolina

Booming suburbs boost Biden in North Carolina

The former vice president's path through North Carolina is different than the one Barack Obama took to flip the state in 2008.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden arrives to speak at a drive-in campaign rally in Durham, N.C., on Sunday. | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesWhen Barack Obama turned North Carolina blue in 2008, Democrats hoped the Obama coalition would usher in a new era of competitiveness in the state. Instead, the next decade-plus was marked largely by disappointing election results — and no more presidential wins for the party.Twelve years later, Joe Biden is challenging for a...

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Biden raised whopping $383M in September

Biden raised whopping $383M in September

It's the latest massive fundraising haul for Biden, who brought in $365 million in August as online donors shower his campaign with cash.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden waves to supporters on October 13, 2020 in Miramar, Florida. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesJoe Biden Wednesday evening that his campaign and affiliated committees raised $383 million in September, breaking a record he had just set the prior month as his campaign continues to ride a surge of online donations.Biden, the Democratic National Committee and the campaign's joint fundraising committees started the final...

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A bullish Biden campaign invades Trump territory

A bullish Biden campaign invades Trump territory

The Democrat is using his massive war chest to push into states that Trump easily carried in 2016.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gestures during a campaign stop in Johnstown, Pa., on Sept. 30, 2020. | Alex Wong/Getty ImagesStarting this week, a generation of voters in Texas will see something they’ve never witnessed before: a heavy rotation of presidential TV ads.In a move that would have been far-fetched even a few months ago, Joe Biden is set to spend $6.2 million on ads in the state over the next month — attempting to put the state in play for the first time in decades. The...

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A bullish Biden campaign invades Trump territory

A bullish Biden campaign invades Trump territory

AdvertisementThe Democrat is using his massive war chest to push into states that Trump easily carried in 2016.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gestures during a campaign stop in Johnstown, Pa., on Sept. 30, 2020. | Alex Wong/Getty ImagesStarting this week, a generation of voters in Texas will see something they’ve never witnessed before: a heavy rotation of presidential TV ads.In a move that would have been far-fetched even a few months ago, Joe Biden is set to spend $6.2 million on ads in the state over the next month — attempting to put the state in play for the first time in...

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The RNC is wiring cash to Texas. Is it a 2020 battleground?

The RNC is wiring cash to Texas. Is it a 2020 battleground?

Polling shows Joe Biden running close to President Donald Trump, and there are key down-ballot races drawing national attention.A man in Houston wears a mask while voting during the state's primary runoffs in June 2020. | David J. Phillip/AP PhotoThe Republican National Committee cut million-dollar checks to six state parties in August as it prepared for the fall campaign. But one payment stands out amid a torrent of money flowing to traditional battleground states: $1.3 million to once-brick red Texas.On one level, it’s an astonishing development. But for those paying close attention this...

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Biden’s weakness with Black and Latino men creates an opening for Trump

Biden’s weakness with Black and Latino men creates an opening for Trump

The Democratic nominee needs to replicate Obama-era levels of support among voters of color in order to win. He’s not there yet.Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Hispanic Heritage Month event, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. | AP Photo/Patrick SemanskyIt was a huddle to marshal the faithful, featuring dozens of Black luminaries, from hip hop mogul Jay-Z to radio personality Charlamagne tha God to civil rights attorney Ben Crump. Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris presided over the virtual meeting,...

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Biden’s transition team, wary of Trump and Covid-19, sets massive fundraising goal

Biden’s transition team, wary of Trump and Covid-19, sets massive fundraising goal

The effort is aiming to bring in at least $7 million to fund planning of a potential Biden administration.Several people involved in raising money for Joe Biden’s transition said the pitch to potential donors leans on fears that President Donald Trump will not ease the handover process if he loses. | Patrick Semansky/AP PhotoJoe Biden’s transition team has expanded its fundraising goal far beyond what Hillary Clinton raised in 2016, anticipating that, should they prevail in November, the Trump administration could actively work against their efforts and that the coronavirus pandemic will...

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Now comes the hard part for Buttigieg and Klobuchar

Now comes the hard part for Buttigieg and Klobuchar

Pete Buttigieg was all set to skip King Day at the Dome, a rally commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. in Columbia, S.C., and instead attend an MLK event in his hometown — until South Carolina state Rep. J.A. Moore intervened, after learning Buttigieg would be absent while most of his Democratic presidential rivals attended the rally. Moore screen-grabbed an article about Buttigieg’s planned absence and texted it to one of Buttigieg’s senior staffers with a terse addition: three question marks. The campaign, which has struggled to generate black support, reversed course. “He had to be...

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Democrats dodge California lockouts

Democrats dodge California lockouts

Democrats were on track to avoid getting locked out of the general election in a number of key, battleground House districts as the vote count from California's top-two primary continued on Wednesday.The party has scrambled to avoid being shut out of the general election in three Southern California districts where large numbers of Democratic candidates split the party's votes. Under the state’s “jungle” primary system, that would have allowed two Republicans to advance to the November general election for seats Hillary Clinton carried in 2016.Story Continued BelowWith the votes still being...

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