Here is a summary of the top 5 moderate/conservative headlines making news today.
1. Trump and Biden both campaign in key Florida city
On Thursday both the Trump and Biden campaigns featured events in Tampa Florida in an effort to boost turnout in the key swing state. In a state that has polling showing a virtual tie, both presidential candidates held rallies within miles of each other in the Tampa area.
While other Florida cities tend to be either right leaning or left leaning, Tampa is long considered a swing area in the swingiest of swing states.
While in the same area, the rallies emphasized the key difference between how Biden and Trump have been campaigning this season. Biden held a socially distanced event with less attendees but a greater emphasis on COVID-19 safety protocols.
Trump however, held a traditional political rally with people in closer contact with one another but much more in attendance.
The Trump campaign is hoping that the high energy taking place at Trump’s rallies will translate to higher turnout on election day.
2. Trump re-election fund raided by hackers for $2.3 million
According to the chairman of the Republican party of Wisconsin, hackers stole roughly $2.3 million from the state’s Trump re-election fund. Chairman Andrew Hitt noted that the money was found to be missing on October 22nd and that the F.B.I. is aware of the theft and actively investigating the situation. He did note that the theft could not have come at a worse time.
“There’s no doubt RPW is now at a disadvantage with that money being gone,” Hitt said. The party and campaign needs money late in the race to make quick decisions, he said.
Wisconsin is a state that was famous in 2016 for voting for Donald Trump after the Hillary Clinton campaign took the state for granted. Despite warning from Wisconsin Democrats, Hillary Clinton did not visit the state once during the campaign.
Prior to Donald Trump’s surprise victory, the “badger state” had not voted for a Republican president since 1984.
3. Republicans see path to keeping Senate majority in the midwest
The Republicans are fighting hard to sustain their majority in the U.S. Senate. Currently, there are 53 Republicans, 45 Democrats and 2 Independents in the Senate; there are several Republicans in tight reelection races.
While the Republicans in the western part of the country seem to be most at stake, the Republican party is looking to the midwest to solidify their majority margins.
In Michigan and Minnesota, states that went narrowly for Trump and Clinton in 2016 respectively, Republicans are looking to pick off incumbent Democratic Senators Gary Peters (MI-D) and Tina Smith (MN-D). Challenger John James, an African American and veteran is polling closely in his bid to defeat Senator Peters in Michigan. Republican challenger Jason Lewis believes that Minnesota is a “sleeper” state that could easily elect a Republican to the Senate.
The polling in both states is close but lean toward the Democrat incumbents.
If Mitch McConnell (KY-R) continues to hold on to his title of Senate Majority Leader look to these races as the reason why.
a. GOP sees path to hold Senate majority – The Hill
4. Philadelphia race riots could hand Trump re-election
In the past week an African American man, Walter Wallace, was killed in Philadelphia by police officers in a confrontation that has again ignited racial passions in the United States. The Black Lives Matter movement, thrust into the global spotlight this summer after the killing of George Floyd, has been organizing peaceful protests to the killing of Wallace and demanding police reforms.
However, not everyone is protesting the killing peacefully.
Over the previous days violent protests and looting has run rampant in Philadelphia as authorities have tried to keep the peace. The Mayor of Philadelphia has announced citywide curfews each night. The National Guard has been deployed.
Philadelphia and Pennsylvania will be crucial in the upcoming presidential election and some believe that the negative press coverage from the riots will cost Democrats at the ballot box.
Florida Congressman and staunch Trump ally Matt Gaetz claims that the riots will scare moderate suburban white voters back into the Republican camp due to Trump’s promise to restore “Law and Order” in the face of riots.
“Increasingly persuadable voters, suburban voters, female voters are not comfortable with any political movement (Black Lives Matter) that embraces riots and destruction.”
Suburban Philadelphia women have been flocking away from the Republican party in recent years. Republicans hope this current event can help stop the bleeding.
a. Matt Gaetz suggests Philadelphia riots could harm Democrats on Election Day – Florida Politics
5. In chaotic election year, both V.P. candidates have laid low
2020 has proven to be a chaotic and unprecedented year to say the least. The presidential election this year is no different. Scandals and problems have abounded during this past year on the campaign however one fact of the race has largely been ignored.
This year both vice presidential candidates have largely been silent on the campaign trail.
With the sole exception of the (largely unnotable) Vice Presidential Debate in October voters have not heard much from Republican Mike Pence or Democrat Kamala Harris. No scandals, no comments that have caused ire, nothing of note.
Both candidates are acting as surrogates for their respective presidential candidates in swing states but neither have attracted much media coverage. This lack of coverage is rather unprecedented, which makes sense in such an unprecedented year.