O'Rourke arrives in Lakeville, Minnesota on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Photo: Jean Pieri/MediaNews Group/St. Paul Pioneer Press via Getty Images

Beto O'Rourke is plotting a political comeback after lagging behind in polls ahead of June's first Democratic presidential debate, the AP reports.

The big picture: O'Rourke's polling numbers are declining nationally, and they look even worse in the early caucus states, CNN reports. He plans to step up his national media appearances, but aides insist he will still dedicate time to those "off-the-beaten path" stomping grounds — often rural or primarily Republican — that became hallmarks of his Senate campaign.

Behind the scenes: O'Rourke's team also acknowledged to the AP that his campaign launch was a little chaotic. It took the former Texas representative 2 weeks after launching to formally hire his campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 p.m. ET: 33,217,895 — Total deaths: 999,273 — Total recoveries: 22,975,269Map.
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  3. States: Cuomo extends New York moratorium on evictions until 2021.
  4. Business: Companies are still holding back earnings guidance.
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President Trump paid no federal income tax in 10 of the past 15 years, and just $750 in 2016 and 2017, according to a new report from the New York Times. He also is reported to have hundreds of millions of dollars in outstanding debts, most of which would come due during a second term.

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Pennsylvania GOP asks Supreme Court to halt mail-in ballot extension

Applications for mail-in ballots in Reading, Pennsylvania. Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

Republicans in Pennsylvania on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt a major state court ruling that extended the deadlines for mail-in ballots to several days after the election, The Morning Call reports.

Why it matters: It's the first election-related test for the Supreme Court since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and could decide the fate of thousands of ballots in a crucial swing state that President Trump won in 2016. What the court decides could signal how it would deal with similar election-related litigation in other states.

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