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Incoming Alabama Senator Doug Jones said Tuesday that he has hired Dana Gresham, a former transportation official and congressional aide to be his chief of staff, which will make him the only Senate Democrat to have an African-American chief of staff, per Politico.

Why it matters: A report last year found that staffers for Democratic senators are overwhelmingly white and mostly women. Jones' move comes days after a number of civil rights groups urged the him to ensure that at least one of his senior staffers — his chief of staff, legislative director or communications director — is a minority, per The Washington Post.

The backdrop: Two Senate Republicans, Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Jerry Moran of Kansas, have black chiefs of staff, Politico reports.

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Why it matters: President Trump's re-election campaign reported having $63.1 million in the bank at the end of last month, as campaigning enters the final stretch ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.

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North Carolina can accept absentee ballots that are postmarked Nov. 3, Election Day, until Nov. 12, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday in a 12-3 majority ruling.

Why it matters: The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling against state and national Republican leaders settles a lawsuit brought by a group representing retirees, and it could see scores of additional votes counted in the key battleground state.