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Fort Worth — Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris launches a three-city campaign swing in Texas on Friday, with Democratic tickets to be screened at U.S.’s largest Republican hub for the first time in decades. Indicates that there is.
Harris, a California senator, was nominated by candidate Joe Biden as his running mate this summer. Start your Texas tour to Fort Worth, the last weekend of the 2020 campaign, then to the border city of McAllen, and finally to Houston, the state. The largest city.
“Senator Harris, who visited this later in the game, is a game changer that demonstrates the importance of Texas and requires Texas Democrats to put us at the top,” said State Democrat Gilberto Hinojosa. It was.
The election day is Tuesday.
Texas has been in the Republican line since 1980, but polls in this cycle are like a narrow seesaw between Biden and President Donald Trump, and the swing never deviates from a single digit.
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Harris’s visit also offers something like a bookend in Texas for the Biden camp. The candidate’s wife, Jill Biden, visited El Paso, Dallas, and Houston when early voting in the state began on October 13. Harris arrives in the state on the final day of early voting.
El Paso’s Democrat Veronica Escobar said, “Texas is definitely active. In our view, it’s on the verge of bluening the state, and the visit of Dr. Biden and Senator Harris is that fact. No doubt — Biden beats Texas. “
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Meanwhile, the Texas Republican Party took the opportunity of Harris’s visit to revitalize the GOP base and sell campaign finances.
“Radical Democrats from all over the country are pouring urgent money into Texas-and they won’t stop doing anything to dismantle our Texas lifestyle,” the Parties emailed a fundraiser. Said in. “This is our now or never moment, and a line is drawn in the sand. Which side are you standing on?”
Harris’s stop at Fort Worth is especially important as it is home to the last remaining city county that is not considered a Democratic rock. In 2016, Trump won Tarrant County with a cushion of over 8.5 percentage points. But two years later, Democratic senator candidate Beto O’Rourke scored seven-tenths of the county, allowing the party to reverse the state senator seat in the area anchored in Fort Worth.
The Trump camp said Texas will remain in the red this year due to the president’s overwhelming dominance in the state’s vast rural areas and the Republican’s built-in voting advantage. Every cycle since the mid-1990s.
Harris’s stop in McAllen, the second largest city downstream of the Rio Grande Valley, is not only one of Texas’s most credible democratic areas, but also enthusiasm in areas that traditionally have anemia turnout. Is considered an effort to increase.
Early turnout is approaching or exceeding 50% in almost every section of the state, but border counties are not keeping pace. Voter turnout in Hidalgo County, McAllen’s largest city, was only 42% until Wednesday. Voter turnout in neighboring Cameron County was even lower at 38%.
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The biggest award in Texas is Houston, a seat in Harris County, home to about 2.5 million of the state’s 17 million registered voters. Houston’s media market is huge, like Tarrant County, which borders Dallas.
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The Biden campaign hopes that the Friday event will elicit extensive news coverage to amplify its closing arguments before the election day.
John C. Moritz is responsible for Texas Government and Politics at the USA Today Network in Austin. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @JohnnieMo..