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October 30, 2020, 10:39 AM

The Note: Early vote explosion show system working, with stress tests ahead

Voters are voting -- smashing records, adjusting behaviors and recalibrating expectations -- in ways that show the nation is many things but definitely not apathetic.
October 30, 2020, 10:39 AM
The Note: Early vote explosion show system working, with stress tests ahead
October 29, 2020, 11:25 AM

The Note: Contrasting images match competing themes in final election stretch

After the election, the images of the closing days of this election will be held out as evidence that of course things would turn out they way they did.
October 29, 2020, 11:25 AM
The Note: Contrasting images match competing themes in final election stretch
October 28, 2020, 11:24 AM

The Note: COVID disconnect looms over Trump in Midwest

The president is 20 points underwater on his handling of the pandemic in Wisconsin and Biden is trusted more than Trump on the subject by a similar 20 points.
October 28, 2020, 11:24 AM
The Note: COVID disconnect looms over Trump in Midwest
October 27, 2020, 2:15 PM

The Note: Battleground-state spikes keep campaign focused on COVID-19

If President Trump is tired of talking about COVID-19, his biggest problem one week from Election Day may be that voters he needs are still living it.
October 27, 2020, 2:15 PM
The Note: Battleground-state spikes keep campaign focused on COVID-19
October 26, 2020, 6:15 PM

The Note: Biden plays on expanded map as Trump tends to base

With just eight days until the election, both campaigns are traveling across the country.
October 26, 2020, 6:15 PM
The Note: Biden plays on expanded map as Trump tends to base
October 26, 2020, 6:15 PM

The Note: Trump still searching for Biden who isn’t

President Donald Trump still needs his Joe Biden to be someone and something that he isn't quite -- or hasn't yet been.
October 26, 2020, 6:15 PM
The Note: Trump still searching for Biden who isn’t
October 22, 2020, 11:44 AM

The Note: Foreign meddling becomes real on eve of final debate

The night before the final presidential debate the DNI director and head of the FBI announced that Iran and Russia are trying to meddle in the 2020 election.
October 22, 2020, 11:44 AM
The Note: Foreign meddling becomes real on eve of final debate
October 21, 2020, 1:28 PM

The Note: Why Obama still matters to both Biden and Trump

Former President Barack Obama is a potent political force -- something both former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump can agree on.
October 21, 2020, 1:28 PM
The Note: Why Obama still matters to both Biden and Trump
October 20, 2020, 10:58 AM

The Note: Trump's Fauci feud keeps campaign focus on COVID-19

By attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Donald Trump has kept the focus on COVID-19.
October 20, 2020, 10:58 AM
The Note: Trump's Fauci feud keeps campaign focus on COVID-19
October 19, 2020, 10:35 AM

The Note: For Democrats, 2016's memories mix with 2020's anxieties

With 15 days until the election, data suggests that this is Joe Biden’s race to lose.
October 19, 2020, 10:35 AM
The Note: For Democrats, 2016's memories mix with 2020's anxieties
October 15, 2020, 11:24 AM

The Note: Town-hall time arrives as early turnout smashes record

Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will both face voters Thursday night – albeit not in the way envisioned by the debate commission or really any actual voters.
October 15, 2020, 11:24 AM
The Note: Town-hall time arrives as early turnout smashes record
October 14, 2020, 10:19 AM

The Note: Road to Senate majority could run through SCOTUS hearings

While hearings on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination are unlikely to change the minds of senators, they could change the mind of voters.
October 14, 2020, 10:19 AM
The Note: Road to Senate majority could run through SCOTUS hearings
October 13, 2020, 11:17 AM

The Note: Republicans stuck on uneasy defense on health care

With three weeks of voting left, President Donald Trump and his Republican Party find themselves in an uneasy state of defense.
October 13, 2020, 11:17 AM
The Note: Republicans stuck on uneasy defense on health care
October 12, 2020, 10:58 AM

The Note: Campaign’s defining issue leaves Trump behind

While President Trump returns to the campaign trail Monday with a rally in Florida, the new ABC News/Washington Post finds a 54%-42% lead for former Vice President Biden.
October 12, 2020, 10:58 AM
The Note: Campaign’s defining issue leaves Trump behind
October 9, 2020, 11:34 AM

The Note: Trump campaigns in a bubble amid signs of GOP worry about race

President Donald Trump is stuck at the White House-- sidelined by a COVID-19 diagnosis that turned out not to have upended his campaign messaging much at all.
October 9, 2020, 11:34 AM
The Note: Trump campaigns in a bubble amid signs of GOP worry about race
October 8, 2020, 11:05 AM

The Note: Pence, Harris speak loudly in what they failed to answer at debate

Pence and Harris had plenty to say about each other, but they weren’t always quick to talk about their own takes.
October 8, 2020, 11:05 AM
The Note: Pence, Harris speak loudly in what they failed to answer at debate
October 7, 2020, 11:43 AM

The Note: Pence charged with sorting out Trump-centered chaos at VP debate

Now, amid the chaos of the moment and the relative stability of the campaign, Harris will bring a case that Pence might be uniquely equipped to defend.
October 7, 2020, 11:43 AM
The Note: Pence charged with sorting out Trump-centered chaos at VP debate
October 6, 2020, 10:06 AM

The Note: Biden sees masks as symbol and substance in drawing contrast with Trump

Former Vice President Joe Biden is calling out President Donald Trump's rejection of a mask as he pleads for science over showmanship.
October 6, 2020, 10:06 AM
The Note: Biden sees masks as symbol and substance in drawing contrast with Trump
1 month ago

The Note: Chaos in Washington but clarity in campaign

A campaign that’s long been all about President Trump now continues without the president, for at least a few days, signaling a moment of crisis and chaos in Washington.
1 month ago
The Note: Chaos in Washington but clarity in campaign
1 month ago

The Note: A campaign on pause, with new questions about Trump’s own behavior

There is no roadmap for what happens next.
1 month ago
The Note: A campaign on pause, with new questions about Trump’s own behavior
1 month ago

The Note: Trump brings old issue into new focus: Race

Race relations have been a through-line of the campaign since before it began.
1 month ago
The Note: Trump brings old issue into new focus: Race
1 month ago

The Note: Trump uses debate to sow mistrust in voting process

The first presidential debate was nothing short of chaotic.
1 month ago
The Note: Trump uses debate to sow mistrust in voting process
1 month ago

The Note: Erosion in base underscores debate’s stakes for Trump

An ABC News/Washington Post Pennsylvania poll shows Biden leading Trump 54-45 ahead of the first presidential debate in Cleveland.
1 month ago
The Note: Erosion in base underscores debate’s stakes for Trump
1 month ago

The Note: Stagnant race, battleground deficits highlight Trump debate-season challenges

The race for president keeps not changing and the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows a 53-43 Biden advantage among registered voters in the upcoming race.
1 month ago
The Note: Stagnant race, battleground deficit highlight Trump debate-season challenge
1 month ago

The Note: Focus on SCOTUS already fades as Trump changes subjects

Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in state at the Capitol Friday and on Saturday Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee.
1 month ago
The Note: Focus on SCOTUS already fades as Trump changes subjects
1 month ago

The Note: Trump seeks to undermine election’s legitimacy with voting already underway

President Donald Trump has crossed a new threshold in undermining the legitimacy of the election, refusing on Wednesday to simply commit to a peaceful transition of power
1 month ago
The Note: Trump seeks to undermine election’s legitimacy with voting already underway
1 month ago

The Note: Sun-belt strength shows path for Trump based on economy

A new ABC News and Washington Post poll shows voters believe the president handles the economy well, while Biden handles the coronavirus better.
1 month ago
The Note: Sun-belt strength shows path for Trump based on economy
1 month ago

The Note: Biden plays to purple amid deep reds and blues

In this charged political environment, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is playing toward a quieter middle.
1 month ago
The Note: Biden plays to purple amid deep reds and blues
1 month ago

The Note: Supreme Court vacancy crystallizes partisan stakes

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death gives President Trump an opportunity to rally Republicans and also a chance for Biden and Democrats to demonstrate the stakes.
1 month ago
The Note: Supreme Court vacancy crystallizes partisan stakes
1 month ago

The Note: Biden squares Scranton up vs. Park Avenue as in-person voting begins

Biden was not and is not the candidate Trump thought he would be running against. Part of what he brings to the campaign's final stretch will be where he is from.
1 month ago
The Note: Biden squares Scranton up vs. Park Avenue as in-person voting begins
1 month ago

The Note: Trump uses vaccine push as political weapon, as wars on science continue

The administration's push for a vaccine has put some Democrats in a potentially awkward spot.
1 month ago
The Note: Trump uses vaccine push as political weapon, as wars on science continue
2 months ago

The Note: Town hall shows Trump banking on 'hope' on COVID-19, race

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump participated in a town hall with ABC News.
2 months ago
The Note: Town hall shows Trump banking on 'hope' on COVID-19, race
2 months ago

The Note: Voters get direct say as Trump faces town-hall audience

An election, by definition, is about voters. President Trump sits down with uncommitted voters Tuesday night during an ABC News town hall.
2 months ago
The Note: Voters get direct say as Trump faces town-hall audience
2 months ago

The Note: Soft spots in GOP base highlight Trump credibility gap

Cracks may be appearing in the president’s base of support, as a different kind of campaign week begins.
2 months ago
The Note: Soft spots in GOP base highlight Trump credibility gap
2 months ago

The Note: Wild events play out across relative stability of race

President Trump’s words won’t move perceptions of this president and his leadership as the latest FiveThirtyEight public polling suggests relative stability in the race.
2 months ago
The Note: Wild events play out across relative stability of race
2 months ago

The Note: In debate over keeping Americans safe, it’s now Trump vs. Trump

If President Donald Trump wanted a debate about keeping the American people safe, he’s got it now.
2 months ago
The Note: In debate over keeping Americans safe, it’s now Trump vs. Trump
2 months ago

The Note: Voting season off to scary start in battleground states

The first ballots of the 2020 general election are barely in the mail, but it didn't take that long for early alarm bells to grow louder around election security.
2 months ago
Voting season off to scary start in battleground states: The Note
2 months ago

The Note: Erstwhile allies keep Trump on guard and off message

Eight weeks from Election Day, new books from former allies of President Donald Trump threaten to pull him off message.
2 months ago
The Note: Erstwhile allies keep Trump on guard and off message
2 months ago

The Note: Trump changes the subject -- though not much else -- as voting begins

Fresh data suggest that while the country may be dialed in to the issues Trump is pointing toward, that's not happening on the terms the president might prefer.
2 months ago
The Note: Trump changes the subject -- though not much else -- as voting begins
2 months ago

The Note: Official business becomes political business in Trump White House

With two months before the election, the lines that have long separated campaign activities from official ones are being erased.
2 months ago
The Note: Official business becomes political business in Trump White House
2 months ago

The Note: Biden seeks own pace -- yet in Trump's footsteps

Biden won't have to do much to demonstrate sharp contrasts with Trump, but he's going to face questions about striking the right tone and balance through Election Day.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden seeks own pace -- yet in Trump's footsteps
2 months ago

The Note: Who Biden isn't could matter more than who he is

Joe Biden's strongest counter to President Trump's rhetoric may have come when Biden was describing himself.
2 months ago
Who Biden isn't could matter more than who he is: The Note
2 months ago

The Note: Kenosha comes to candidates before either Trump or Biden travel there

What’s happening in Kenosha is shaping the framing of both campaigns before President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden even travel to Wisconsin.
2 months ago
Kenosha comes to candidates before either Trump or Biden travel there: The Note
2 months ago

The Note: Polarization is the point as Trump moves on from convention

President Donald Trump sees an us-versus-them fight as his most viable path to a second term.
2 months ago
The Note: Polarization is the point as Trump moves on from convention
2 months ago

The Note: Realities invade Trump's convention as acceptance night arrives

The same night the campaign tried to honor the American flag, MLB games were canceled and the NBA playoffs went dark, led by Black players who felt they could not play.
2 months ago
The Note: Realities invade Trump's convention as acceptance night arrives
2 months ago

The Note: As GOP convention begins, Trump searches for opponent Biden isn’t

Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Vice President nominee Sen. Kamala Harris aren’t making it easy for Trump to turn them into caricatures.
2 months ago
The Note: As GOP convention begins, Trump searches for opponent Biden isn’t
2 months ago

The Note: Democrats cast virtual as virtue as convention ends

Among the takeaways that may be relevant for the next 70-plus days: The Democrats did not hide from the fact that the convention was virtual.
2 months ago
The Note: Democrats cast virtual as virtue as convention ends
2 months ago

The Note: Biden sells not-Trump normalcy as Democratic convention nears close

Joe Biden and his party have sought to define themselves by what they are not, and what they argue the country can’t afford for another term: President Donald Trump.
2 months ago
The Note: Biden sells not-Trump normalcy as Democratic convention nears close
2 months ago

The Note: Harris gets her night in convention already defined by prominent women

Joe Biden's convention so far hasn't featured too much of Sen. Kamala Harris, who got less airtime than a plate of Rhode Island calamari on Tuesday night.
2 months ago
The Note: Harris gets her night in convention already defined by prominent women
2 months ago

The Note: 'Knowing Joe' serves as Democratic convention through-line

If Democrats go through their convention with an enthusiasm problem, they may make up for it with enthusiastic testimonials.
2 months ago
The Note: 'Knowing Joe' serves as Democratic convention through-line