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2020 Election

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. | The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday he will extend the early voting period for an unspecified amount of time during the November election as concerns continue to persist around in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. | The Texas Tribune

The swarm of Texas politicians snarling at one another about how to run elections turned into a lawsuit — bringing hope, maybe, that some panel of wise judges would sort things out, make things clear, save the day.

Nope.

Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign has been facing pressure from Democratic operatives and activists, worried that his Latino outreach efforts are not enough and potentially a serious liability in the fall election.

Some say that his campaign, which is staffing up to improve those efforts, could learn lessons from the success of one of his former rivals.

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San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said Saturday that COVID-19 protocols had nothing to do with partisan politics and were intended to protect public health.

He was responding to comments made by Bexar County Republican Party Chair Cynthia Brehm at a Friday news conference, who claimed Democrats were using the COVID-19 crisis to undermine President Donald Trump.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff prepare for their nightly briefing to the public on COVID-19 as they are joined by Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales.
Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Fear of contracting the coronavirus is a legitimate reason to request a mail-in ballot for Texas elections, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. In response, the Bexar County District Attorney said voters can begin requesting mail-in ballots now.

The 2020 presidential election is just a few months away. But as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, the race has been overshadowed and even called into question.

President Trump has increasingly used his frequent briefings as a chance to campaign for reelection, praising his own performance in response to COVID-19.

Jerry and Pat Donaho

For the better part of a year, Zach Dolling analyzed Texas' 254 counties for a handful of election code violations.

Is 2020 The Year Texas Becomes A Battleground State?

May 11, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters who packed Juarez Plaza at La Villita in downtown San Antonio.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Texas has voted for a Republican in every presidential election since 1980. But that decades-long hold may be eroding, according to some political experts.

Donald Trump won Texas by less than 9% of the vote in 2016. And the margin was even smaller for Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, the year of the last statewide contest.

The 2016 election highlighted Donald Trump's successful courtship of white evangelicals. This year, much of the focus could be on Catholics. The presidential campaigns are fighting for votes in the Catholic-rich Midwestern states, and the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, is himself a Catholic.

UT Austin students line up to vote at the Flawn Academic Center in 2016.
GABRIEL C. PEREZ | KUT

Citing the threats of the coronavirus, six Texas voters filed suit in federal court Wednesday challenging restrictions that limit age eligibility for voting-by-mail to those 65 and older.

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