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Gov. Steve Bullock (D-Mont.) has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, per the Washington Post.

The big picture: Bullock believed he could be the Democrat to beat President Trump, having won re-election even as the state voted for Trump in 2016. But his campaign failed to gain traction — and he only qualified for a single debate.

  • With his announcement, Bullock also said that he would not challenge Montana's Republican Sen. Steve Daines next year, per the New York Times.
  • Throughout the race, Bullock had taken less progressive stances than many of his competitors, specifically coming out against Medicare for All. In 2013, he expanded Medicare in his own state, and renewed the expansion in 2019.

What they're saying:

"While there were many obstacles we could not have anticipated when entering this race, it has become clear that in this moment, I won’t be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field. I leave this race filled with gratitude and optimism, inspired and energized by the good people I’ve had the privilege of meeting over the course of the campaign."
— Bullock said in a statement, according to the Post

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Trump campaign "strongly" encourages face masks at outdoor rally

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The Trump campaign will be providing face masks and hand sanitizer for all attendees at an upcoming rally Saturday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

  • The campaign said in an email on Sunday that attendees are "strongly encouraged" to wear the masks.

Why it matters: The campaign's first coronavirus-era rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was notable for its lack of masks.

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Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Austin Meadows bumps elbows Friday during a workout at Tropicana Field. Photo: Kim Klement/USA Today Sports via Reuters

When MLB teams arrived at the ballpark this weekend for the first summer workouts of 2020, the comforting sounds of baseball brought smiles to players' faces.

Between the lines: Even the loudest crack of the bat couldn't mask the eerie silence or distract from the ever-present coronavirus threat.