November 12, 2020

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Matthew Rocco in New York

Ohio governor Mike DeWine warned that the state may impose stricter measures aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus, as new infections and hospital admission continued to trend higher in the Midwest.

Mr DeWine, in an address on Wednesday evening, urged residents to stay home as much as possible and avoid hosting parties, saying current data trends could lead officials to close restaurants, bars and gyms.

“We will look at this one week from tomorrow,” Mr DeWine said.

The governor plans to tighten rules related to wearing masks by forming a compliance unit to oversee enforcement in retail outlets. A separate measure will require face coverings for patrons in restaurants when they are not eating.

Mr DeWine, who described the current outbreak as a third spike, warned of the strain on hospital resources. “This surge is much more intense, widespread and dangerous,” he said.

There were 5,874 new cases in Ohio, the state’s second-highest figure on record. Over the past week, Ohio has averaged a record 5,307 new cases per day.
Ohio also reported 76 further deaths attributed to the virus, bringing its overall count to 5,623 since the pandemic began.

States across the Midwest

Democratic megadonors set sights on Georgia Senate fight after helping Biden

Now that President-elect Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump, Democratic megadonors are shifting gears toward the Senate fight in Georgia.

The race between  Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock has been deemed a runoff by NBC News. The other Senate race, involving Democrat Jon Ossoff and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., has yet to be called by NBC News, although Georgia’s secretary of state has said that it would be going to a runoff.

In recent days, Democratic leaders, including those within the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, have reached out to some of the top donors and bundlers in the party to help with the election.

The Georgia campaign is expected to cost over $100 million. For Republicans, the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will be leading the way in outside spending.

“The DSCC will play a pivotal role in Democrats’ GOTV programs in Georgia and we need your help to maximize our efforts,” the DSCC recently told donors and financiers in an email, which also points contributors to the Ossoff-Warnock Victory Fund.

The fund is a joint fundraising committee between Ossoff, Warnock and the