A closely watched Senate runoff will take place this week in Alabama. A new poll in Texas showed Joe Biden leading President Trump. Republican National Committee members said in interviews that they still planned to attend their convention in Jacksonville, despite the soaring number of coronavirus cases in Florida.
Republicans are facing major decisions this week across the Sun Belt as the party tries to chart a course through a political moment defined not just by health and economic crises but also the unsteady and increasingly unpopular leadership of Mr. Trump.
The landscape for the president is so tough right now that Democrats are even encouraging Mr. Biden, Mr. Trump’s opponent, to press his advantage and compete aggressively in traditionally Republican states like Georgia and Texas.