A voter completes his ballot during the 2019 Virginia primary elections. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post/Getty Images

State elections in Virginia, Mississippi and Kentucky on Tuesday could shift significant legislative power to Democrats, foreshadowing a local angle to the battle for Congress in 2020, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: Democrats and Republicans are duking it out to take power of state legislatures ahead of the 2020 Census in order to hold a majority during the redistricting process.

The state of play: These elections have been elevated to the national stage as big names advocate for both parties. President Trump is advocating for GOP candidates around the country, while celebrities, such as Trump's "SNL" foe Alec Baldwin, have hit the trail for Democrats, reports NPR.

  • Voters will be electing a governor in Kentucky and Mississippi, where Democrats are trying to end the GOP's lock on the governor's mansion and both houses of the state legislatures.
  • In Virginia, Democrats have a chance to flip both the state's House of Delegates and Senate from the GOP, which currently holds both by razor-thin margins.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 20,755,406 — Total deaths: 752,225— Total recoveries: 12,917,934Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 5,246,760 — Total deaths: 167,052 — Total recoveries: 1,774,648 — Total tests: 64,831,306Map.
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  4. 2020: Biden calls for 3-month national mask mandateBiden and Harris to receive coronavirus briefings 4 times a week.
  5. States: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to drop lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate.
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  7. Public health: Fauci's guidance on pre-vaccine coronavirus treatments Cases are falling, but don't get too comfortable.

Trump says he intends to give RNC speech on White House lawn

President Trump speaking to reporters on South Lawn in July. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump told the New York Post on Thursday that he plans to deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, despite bipartisan criticism of the optics and legality of the location.

Why it matters: Previous presidents avoided blurring staged campaign-style events — like party conventions — with official business of governing on the White House premises, per Politico.

Fauci's guidance on pre-vaccine coronavirus treatments

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Antibody drugs and various medicine cocktails against the coronavirus are progressing and may provide some relief before vaccines.

The big picture: Everyone wants to know how and when they can return to "normal" life, as vaccines are not expected to be ready for most Americans for at least a year. Two therapies are known to be helpful, and more could be announced by late September, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci tells Axios.