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Texas Matters: Political Campaigning In The Time of Coronavirus

For weeks Texas has been locked down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The efforts to implement social distancing and slow the spread of the deadly virus forced schools and many businesses to close. This also drove political campaigns to freeze just as Texas was gearing up for one of the toughest general elections in decades. But now that Governor Greg Abbott is allowing more businesses to open their doors, what is happening with political campaigns and their efforts to persuade potential voters.  Are the candidates ready to get back on the stump, shake hands and kiss babies?

I spoke with the chairmen of the two major political parties in Texas; James Dickey the chair of the Republican Party of Texas and Gilberto Hinojosa the chair of the Democratic Party of Texas.

We talked about their party conventions, the issues of online voter registration, expanding voting by mail and which party should take the blame for the failure in handling the COVID-19 outbreak.  

David Martin Davies can be reached at DMDavies@TPR.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi.

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David Martin Davies can be reached at dmdavies@tpr.org and on Twitter at @DavidMartinDavi