Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Businessman and combat veteran John James announced Thursday that he will make another Republican Senate bid in Michigan in 2020.

The state of play: James lost his 2018 run to four-term Sen. Debbie Stabenow, but this time around, he'll face Sen. Gary Peters, who is running for re-election for the first time and is the incumbent senator with the least name recognition nationally, according to Morning Consult.

  • James, who President Trump backed in the 2018 GOP primaries, tweeted: "We are heading in the wrong direction as a country and our leaders in Washington are failing to lead us toward a better and brighter future. I believe I can help lead Michigan toward that future we deserve, and that’s why I am running for U.S. Senate."
  • Senate Republicans have been urging James to make another go for the Senate against the wishes of Trump administration officials, who believe that his run could increase Democratic investment in Michigan in 2020, reports Politico.

The big picture: Trump won Michigan in 2016 by less than a percentage point, and his 2020 campaign has been preparing a digital campaign to boost support among key demographic groups — African Americans, Hispanics and suburban women — in swing areas like Detroit, per Axios' Alayna Treene and Jonathan Swan.

Go deeper: These Senate seats are up for election in 2020

Go deeper

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Politics: Ex-FDA chief: Pence campaigning after COVID exposure puts others at risk — Mark Meadows: "We are not going to control the pandemic"— COVID-19 looms over White House Halloween celebrations.
  2. Health: 13 states set single-day coronavirus case records last week — Fauci says maybe we should mandate masks if people don't wear themU.S. reports over 80,000 new cases for second consecutive day.
  3. World: Italy tightens restrictions Spain declares new state of emergency.

Amy Coney Barrett's immediate impact

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

In her first week on the job, Amy Coney Barrett may be deciding which votes to count in the presidential election. By her third week, she’ll be deciding the fate of the Affordable Care Act.

Where it stands: The Senate votes on Barrett’s nomination tomorrow. If she’s confirmed, Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to swear her in at the Supreme Court within hours, an administration official tells Axios.

Texas Democrats beg Biden to spend now

Photo: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

The Biden campaign is rebuffing persistent pleas from Texas Democrats to spend at least $10 million in the Lone Star state, several people familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: If Texas — which has 38 electoral votes and is steadily getting more blue, but hasn't backed a Democrat for president since 1976 — flipped to the Biden column, it would be game over. But the RealClearPolitics polling average stubbornly hovers at +2.6 for Trump — and Team Biden appears more focused on closer targets.

Get Axios AM in your inbox

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!