Thursday’s Campaign Round-Up, 1.16.20

 msnbc.com  01/16/2020 17:00:13   Steve Benen

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.

* In a bit of a surprise, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the House Republican Conference chair, announced this morning that she’ll run for re-election instead of seeking Wyoming’s open U.S. Senate seat.

* Less than a month before New Hampshire’s Democratic presidential primary, Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D), one of the state’s two U.S. House representatives, is throwing her support behind Pete Buttigieg’s campaign.

* In Wisconsin, widely seen as one of the nation’s key 2020 battlegrounds, a new Marquette University Law School poll found Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in a hypothetical match-up by four points, while Bernie Sanders leads the incumbent president by one point. Trump, however, had modest leads over Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren.

* CNN released the audio late yesterday of the post-debate exchange between Warren and Sanders immediately after Tuesday night’s event in Iowa.

* Missouri’s Supreme Court this week issued a 5-2 ruling gutting the state’s voter-ID law. As the Kansas City Star reported, Voters can once again bring non-photo identification – like a voter ID card, a college ID or a utility bill – to the polls without having to sign an affidavit stating they don’t have a form of personal identification approved for voting.

* Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) announced yesterday that she’s taking a leave of absence from Congress for alcoholism treatment, but she nevertheless intends to run for re-election in November. Kirkpatrick represents Arizona’s 2nd congressional district, which is the state’s most competitive district, and which tends to lean red.

* Kimberly Guilfoyle became the latest Fox News veteran to join Team Trump, announcing yesterday that she’ll lead the joint fundraising effort between the president’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee.

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