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An August presidential poll out of Virginia shows the heightening of a long-existing trend: There is a big, big rural-urban split in the battleground state.

The rural southwest area is heavily in favor of Donald Trump, the Washington Post/ABC News poll found, while the DC suburbs are by far Clinton country.

And this rural-urban divide persists nationwide. Hillary Clinton led Trump by 26 points in urban areas in a recent poll, also from the Washington Post. But in rural areas, Trump led Clinton by 20 points.

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Illinois Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is again reversing course on his pick for president. In March he said he "certainly" would support Donald Trump if he became the GOP's presidential nominee. 

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign will begin airing its first television ads of the general election in the coming days, the campaign confirms to NPR.

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Former state auditor Adam Edelen and Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones launched a new political initiative Tuesday aimed at rejuvenating the Democratic party in Kentucky.

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  Kentucky’s Secretary of State is encouraging eligible voters to register and participate in this year’s general election.  Secretary Alison Lundergran Grimes spoke Thursday at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. 

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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he still supports Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, despite the latest firestorm that has erupted over Trump’s most recent remarks about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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This fall Tennessee students will vote for president of the United States. The Secretary of State’s office said Thursday they will hold the first statewide Student Mock Election. 

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Kentucky’s Second District Congressman says his party needs to tone down some of its rhetoric about illegal immigration, and better explain how its economic policies could help those coming to the country legally.

Editor's note: NPR will also be fact-checking Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's planned economic speech this Thursday.

Donald Trump is coming off a week of disastrous headlines and cratering poll numbers. His major economic speech on Monday at the Detroit Economic Club, a vision described by his campaign as "Winning the Global Competition," was a chance to turn the page.

The Green Party officially nominated Jill Stein for president and human rights activist Ajamu Baraka as her running mate on Saturday, at a convention in Houston that attracted many disaffected Bernie Sanders supporters.

Much of the three-day gathering was an explicit appeal to former backers of the Vermont senator to join their fold, and several speakers argued that Sanders had been treated unfairly by the Democratic Party.

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