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2020 Watch: Can a virtual convention generate excitement?

FILE - In this July 27, 2016, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The first national political convention of the coronavirus era has arrived. For four consecutive nights beginning Monday, Aug. 17, Democrats from across the country will gather in front of screens for the all-virtual affair that will showcase the diversity of the modern-day Democratic Party and test Biden's ability to energize his sprawling coalition. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE - In this July 27, 2016, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The first national political convention of the coronavirus era has arrived. For four consecutive nights beginning Monday, Aug. 17, Democrats from across the country will gather in front of screens for the all-virtual affair that will showcase the diversity of the modern-day Democratic Party and test Biden's ability to energize his sprawling coalition. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu)

NEW YORK – Presidential politics move fast. What we’re watching heading into a new week on the 2020 campaign:

Days to general election: 78

Days to first debate: 43

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THE NARRATIVE

The first national political convention of the coronavirus era has arrived. For four consecutive nights beginning on Monday, Democrats from across the country will gather — in front of their computers, television screens and smart phones — for the all-virtual affair that will showcase the diversity of the modern-day Democratic Party and test Joe Biden's ability to energize his sprawling coalition.

President Donald Trump is working to step on the Democrats' convention — and prevent Biden from earning any convention polling bounce. The Republican president launches a campaign tour on Monday that features in-person stops in three swing states, including Wisconsin.

At the same time, coronavirus deaths continue to mount. With little guidance from the Trump administration, state and local governments are still struggling with a patchwork of inconsistent policies to combat the virus and revive their economies as the new school year begins.