The United States presidential election is in 42 days. Here is a summary of the top five political issues making headlines today.
1. President Trump Will Appoint a Woman to the U.S. Supreme Court
President Trump announced he would appoint a female justice to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. According to CBS, Trump’s shortlist to fill the Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat likely consists of Judges Amy Coney Barrett of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Barbara Lagoa of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Allison Jones Rushing of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
During an interview, Trump said he will make his final decision on his appointee at the end of the week after the funeral services for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
2. Biden Has Huge Cash Lead Over Trump
The Biden campaign announced it has $466 million in cash reserves, compared to Trump’s $325 million ($AUD). The Biden campaign also outspent the Trump campaign by nearly double during the month of August, with Biden spending $130 million and Trump spending $61 million . According to Politico, the Trump campaign significantly decreased its TV advertising last month, spending almost $19 million . Biden, on the other hand, increased its TV advertising, spending almost $70 million.
3. President Trump Has Slight Improvement in Polls
According to the Cook Political Report, the Trump campaign’s polling numbers have improved in Florida and Nevada. Florida’s likely election result moved from a leaning democrat state to a toss-up. In Nevada, the state moved from a likely democrat state to leaning democrat. The New York Times reports this shift reflects the Biden’s campaign “potential weakness with Latino voters and Trump’s poll numbers stabilizing after months of protests after the killing of George Floyd.
4. Democrats Set New Record for the Most Money Raised in a Single Day
After the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Democrats raised more than $70 million in a single day, the largest single-day amount in election history.
According to fundraising consultant Taryn Rosenkranz, “Democrats are taking their rage and channeling how to use it for good and that’s their contribution. Their dollars working for change.”
The Trump campaign is also using the Supreme Court vacancy to encourage political donations. In a message to supporters, he reiterated the importance of filling the vacancy immediately and asked for donations to help in this endeavor.
5. Federal Judge Rules All Mail-in Ballots Must be Treated as First-class Mail
A federal judge ruled that all mail-in ballots and election-related mail must be given first-class priority in the U.S. Postal System. The judge also placed a hold on the contentious operational changes that went into effect during the summer that created a slowdown of mail delivery, which Democrats viewed as an intentional effort to undermine mail-in voting.
According to the Judge, “It is easy to conclude that the recent Postal Services’ changes is an intentional effort on the part of the current Administration to disrupt and challenge the legitimacy of upcoming local, state, and federal elections