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Former Navy captain and retired astronaut Mark Kelly's Democratic Senate campaign in Arizona announced Tuesday it raised nearly $12.8 million in the second quarter.

Why it matters: The massive haul means the campaign has $24 million in cash on hand heading into the final stretch of the race against incumbent Republican Sen. Martha McSally, with a continued lead in the polls. The campaign says it received an average contribution of about $44 — and 89% of donations were less than $100.

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Obama to campaign for Biden in Philadelphia on Wednesday

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Former President Obama is expected to make his first in-person campaign stop for Joe Biden next Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Philadelphia.

The state of play: With 18 days until the election, the former president plans to visit a handful of critical battleground states. Obama is expected to make joint appearances with Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris in the final stretch of the race, the Atlantic reports, and will concentrate on states with early voting.

  • “He’s doing enough for our campaign,” Biden told reporters on Tuesday, leaking plans for the former president's campaign efforts. “He’ll be out on the trail.”
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Kamala Harris to campaign in Florida on Monday

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) took a COVID-19 test on Saturday and the virus was not detected, according to a campaign aide.

Driving the news: The Democratic vice presidential nominee paused her campaign travel through Sunday after her communications director tested positive for the coronavirus.

Kushner and McDaniel bring back Katie Walsh Shields to offer strategic advice

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In recent days, Jared Kushner has brought back 2016 Republican National Committee chief of staff Katie Walsh Shields to offer strategic advice in the RNC's collaboration with the Trump campaign, according to two senior administration officials and a senior campaign official briefed on the move.

  • A senior administration official said Kushner made the decision in conjunction with RNC chair Ronna Romney McDaniel.