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Billionaire and 2020 Democratic candidate Tom Steyer's campaign said Thursday that it raised more than $2 million in the 3rd quarter.

The big picture: Steyer vowed upon launch to spend $100 million of his own money, largely accumulated during his time as a hedge fund manager. Thus far, he's focused his campaign's spending in the early states, running ads that have helped boost his polling numbers just high enough to qualify for the October and November debates.

  • Steyer has received some pushback for funneling his own wealth into the race at a time where several competitors are vowing to only take grassroots donations.

By the numbers: Here's how Steyer stacks up among the other Democratic candidates who have reported their Q3 fundraising totals.

  1. Sen. Bernie Sanders: $25.3M
  2. Sen. Elizabeth Warren: $24.6M
  3. Mayor Pete Buttigieg: $19.1M
  4. Former Vice President Joe Biden: $15.2M
  5. Sen. Kamala Harris: $11.6M
  6. Andrew Yang: $10M
  7. Sen. Cory Booker: $6M
  8. Sen. Amy Klobuchar: $4.8M
  9. Marianne Williamson: $3M
  10. Gov. Steve Bullock: $2.3M
  11. Sen. Michael Bennet: $2.1M
  12. Tom Steyer: $2M

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The apocalypse scenario

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Democratic lawyers are preparing to challenge any effort by President Trump to swap electors chosen by voters with electors selected by Republican-controlled legislatures. One state of particular concern: Pennsylvania, where the GOP controls the state house.

Why it matters: Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, together with a widely circulated article in The Atlantic about how bad the worst-case scenarios could get, is drawing new attention to the brutal fights that could jeopardize a final outcome.

Federal judge rules Trump administration can't end census early

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A federal judge ruled late Thursday that the Trump administration could not end the 2020 census a month early.

Why it matters: The decision states that an early end — on Sept. 30, instead of Oct. 31 — would likely produce inaccuracies and thus impact political representation and government funding around the country.

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Where bringing students back to school is most risky

Data: Coders Against COVID; Note: Rhode Island and Puerto Rico did not meet minimum testing thresholds for analysis. Values may not add to 100% due to rounding; Cartogram: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Schools in Southern and Midwestern states are most at risk of coronavirus transmission, according to an analysis by Coders Against COVID that uses risk indicators developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The big picture: Thankfully, schools have not yet become coronavirus hotspots, the Washington Post reported this week, and rates of infection are lower than in the surrounding communities. But that doesn't mean schools are in the clear, especially heading into winter.

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