The Republican Party could be facing “soft” support in the midwest according to a new poll of voters in Iowa that is considered the “gold standard” for polling in the state.
“Fresh off a four-way primary race that drew millions in outside spending, Democrat Theresa Greenfield leads Republican Sen. Joni Ernst by 3 percentage points in Iowa’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows,” the newspaper reported Saturday. “According to the poll, 46% of likely voters say they would back Greenfield if the election were held today, and 43% say they would back Ernst.”
The poll was conducted by J. Ann Selzer of Selzer & Company.
“This is definitely a competitive race,” Selzer declared.
“This feels like a little bit of a canary in the coal mine,” Five Thirty Eight founder Nate Silver posted on Twitter. “If this race is competitive, the GOP is in a lot of trouble in a lot of places.”
Mike Madrid, cofounder of the Lincoln Project — which is running ads against Trump — agreed with Silver’s analysis.
“That’s why we went up two days ago in Iowa. We think it’s in play and there’s still downside in this state,” Madrid wrote.
“The Republican base/floor is very soft. We’re punching through in Iowa, Wisconsin & Kentucky,” he argued. “Same demographic.”
That’s why we went up two days ago in Iowa. We think it’s in play and there’s still downside in this state. The Republican base/floor is very soft. We’re punching through in Iowa, Wisconsin & Kentucky. Same demographic. #LincolnProjectEffect https://t.co/hnwUIyUbz8
— Mike Madrid (@madrid_mike) June 13, 2020
Trump ripped as a ‘traitor’ by veterans for his mask photo-op at Walter Reed Hospital
The veteran advocacy organization Vote Vets on Sunday blasted President Donald Trump for holding a photo-op at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
After a round of golf on Saturday, Trump traveled to the hospital to be photographed by the press pool wearing a mask, which was a first since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vote Vets, which says it has raised over $120 million since being founded in 2006 and made over 50 million voter contacts, released a new video on Trump's visit.
The ad says it shows "what wounded warriors see when Trump comes for a photo-op."
Trump’s push to reopen schools prematurely is an assault on states’ rights that may prove deadly
It’s hard to avoid a sense of déjà vu as the Trump regime threatens to withhold federal education funding from states that refuse to re-open their schools this fall. The contours of the “debate,” such as it is, perfectly align with the one we had a couple of months ago about re-opening businesses in the midst of a pandemic.
Then, as now, conservatives tried to frame the issue as a choice between re-opening and staying stuck in quarantine indefinitely. Those less moored to reality, including the President, insisted that proponents of quarantines were only motivated by a desire to undermine Trump’s prospects for re-election. The real divide at the time was between those of us who wanted to follow the science, build up adequate testing and contact-tracing capacity and re-open safely once the rate of infection had declined, and those, mostly on the right, who wanted to re-open prematurely either because they believed we’d achieve herd immunity if we let the outbreak run its course or because they thought Covid-19 was a “hoax” that was no more serious than the seasonal flu.
How 68,000 COVID-19 survivors created a world-class patient resource group in just four months
Diana Berrent was one of the first people in her hometown of Port Washington, New York, to get COVID-19. Back then, in early March 2020, only immunocompromised and seniors were believed to be high-risk; hence, as a 46-year-old yoga practitioner and runner, Berrent was "shocked" when she woke up with a 103-degree fever and respiratory infection — symptoms that strongly suggested she had coronavirus, which was later confirmed by a test.
This article first appeared in Salon.