Trump Undermines His Own Pitch to Seniors: Campaign Update

President Donald Trump undermined his own pitch to seniors. The end of straight-ticket voting leads to long lines in Texas. And a nonprofit is sending hot pizza and food trucks to voters waiting in line.

There are 20 days until the election and 62 days until the Electoral College meets.

Other Developments:

  • Trump’s Grip on Senate Republicans Slipping With Stimulus Ploy
  • Biden Tiptoes on ‘Court Packing’ to Avoid Eroding Lead in Polls
  • Election Night Has Paths to a Fast Result — or a Lengthy Slog
  • Alabama Ruling to Make Ballots Safer for Black Voters Blocked

Trump Undermines His Own Pitch to Seniors

Trump needs seniors, but he keeps getting in the way of his own outreach.

Voters over the age of 65 were a key part of his 2016 coalition, and they’re crucial to him winning states like Arizona and Florida this time around.

But recent polls show Biden with a double-digit lead among seniors.

So the Trump campaignannounced this week it would be spending eight figures on ads promoting his handling of coronavirus and attacking Biden on Social Security and Medicare in a bid to win back seniors.

But Trump undermined all of that Tuesday with a tweet that made fun of Biden’s age by arguing that he should be a resident of a nursing home.

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End of Straight-Ticket Voting Leads to Long Lines in Texas (6:28 a.m.)

Long lines have been reported in early voting in Georgia, Ohio and Virginia due to intense voter interest, equipment malfunctions and social distancing requirements.

In Texas, you can add one more reason: the end of straight-ticket voting.

Facing increasing Democratic strength in the state, the Republican-led legislature voted to end straight-ticket voting starting with this year’s election, leading to long lines on the first day of early voting Tuesday.

The practice, which allows voters to pick all candidates of one party, was particularly popular in some of Texas’s large urban counties, where more thantwo-thirds of voters took advantage of it in 2016. It was something of a time saver, since Texas ballots can have a lot of down-ballot races and other local measures.

This will also be the first presidential election without straight-ticket voting in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Michigan. Only six states still allow straight-ticket voting: Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

Pizza to the Polls Is Sending Food Trucks to Polling Places

One group is hoping to make those long lines at polling places a little less rough by sending in hot pizza and food trucks.

Started in 2016, the nonprofit Pizza to the Pollscollects reports of long wait times at polling places around the country, then pays local restaurants to deliver pizzas for voters, volunteers and elections officials.

This year, Pizza to the Polls is working with Uber Eats to send food trucks to cities in the battleground states of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, as well as nine other states and Washington, D.C.

“Poll worker shortages are reducing the number of polling places — and social distancing measures are limiting the number of people who can vote at one time,” the group writes. “As a result, lines are getting longer. By launching food trucks in cities with a history of long lines, we plan to safely provide free, individually wrapped snacks and beverages to everyone.”

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