MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — Presidential politics move fast. What we're watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:
Days to next set of primaries (New York and Kentucky): 8
Days to general election: 141
President Donald Trump makes his official return to the campaign trail this week. He's looking to improve his political standing after trying to navigate through nationwide civil rights protests, a public health crisis and related economic devastation that has defined the worst period of his turbulent presidency.
Saturday's rally in Oklahoma will no doubt turn out thousands of adoring supporters in a deep-red state, but it remains to be seen how he will address his weakness with independents, suburban women and people of color who will play a critical role come November.
At the same time, health experts worry that Trump's rally could help intensify a second wave of coronavirus infections. Just as America begins to reopen, the Republican president cannot afford to see things slide backwards.
Democrat Joe Biden, meanwhile, has begun to host small public events of his own, but for now he seems content to let Trump dominate the news cycle when so much of the news is grim.
The big questions
Will Trump's return to the campaign trail backfire?
Will black voters stay engaged?
Who's winning the veepstakes?
Are states doing enough to avoid Election Day chaos?
The final thought
Trump's decision to move the Republican National Convention to Jacksonville, Florida, could be read many ways, but it clearly signals that the Republican president's political team knows Biden has a very real chance to win the state.
Trump has almost no path to 270 delegates without winning Florida. Not long ago, some political observers were asking whether Democrats would invest major dollars in Florida at all this fall given their relatively limited resources and the extraordinary resources required to play there.
There is a new recognition, however, that Biden's apparent strength among older voters could be a game changer. That's at least part of the reason why the political world will again descend upon the Sunshine State in the peak of hurricane season.
This feature runs every Monday and provides a look at the week ahead in the 2020 election.