When Hillary Clinton paid a last-minute visit to Arizona last week ahead of the 2016 presidential election, concerned Democrats worried – and rightly so, it turned out – that the candidate’s political adventurism might have a high cost.
Four years later, Biden’s campaign meets Clinton’s bet on the red state and lifts her from the Electoral College runner-up.
In the surest sign yet that Texas is actually playing this electoral cycle, the Biden campaign sent California Senator Kamala Harris, the running mate, on a three-city tour of the Lone Star State Friday, the last day of the start voting in the state.
“It’s good to be in Texas,” Harris told his followers in Houston, his third appearance on a trip that also included the suburban-wealthy Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and the border town of McAllen, where the growing Latin American population has made Hidalgo County one. of the fastest growing country. “They’ve done a great job in terms of early voting so we just want to remind people what’s at stake and that their votes really matter. Lots of important questions, and they have the power to determine the outcome of this race.
For State Democrats who desperately wanted the National Party to share their enthusiasm that this year is finally the year when the song “demographics is fate” comes true, Harris’ tour portends a future where the state is adopted as a potential swing state instead of being dismissed as a Republican California. Or, as young activist Clarissa Conde said before presenting Harris at an event near McAllen, “a more resilient and compassionate Texas, a more equal and fair Texas.”
Even in a campaign as rich as that of former Vice President Joe Biden, time is the most precious commodity in the final week of a presidential campaign, especially the hours spent on in-person appearances in the Second State of the countries in terms of population. As the late investment in Texas – once the polls showed a neck-and-neck race, the Biden campaign began to buy millions of airtime in major Texas media markets – is forcing the Trump campaign to cash-strapped to allocate precious resources in a state that should be a done deal, Harris told reporters that the visits are, equally important, in recognition of hard-working party members who have rarely been thanked by the national democrats.
“There are people here that matter, people here who work hard, people who love their country and we have to be here and listen to them,” Harris told reporters on McAllen’s tarmac after his first appearance at Forth Worth. “That’s why we’re here – because there are a lot of important people in South Texas.”
Harris’ remarks in the state weren’t always particularly Texas-centric, unusual for exit-voting events in a state with such a pervasive branding. In addition to speaking in front of a parking lot-sized Lone Star Flag at each stop, Harris’s comments in his trio of appearances were standard speech – more focused on general base strengthening than victory over the Texans at the last minute – although she nodded at the state’s unique demographic.
“When this administration orphaned 545 children over a policy of separating children from their parents at the border, everything is on the line,” Harris told McAllen voters. “When you look at the fact that 200,000 of our frontline workers are DREAMers who have been promised DACA protection, everything is at stake. Everything is at stake when we need to create a path to citizenship. “
Part of the campaign’s strategy may be rooted in the fact that Biden’s campaign, out of necessity, wing his strategy from Texas to some extent – when no Democrats have won state election votes since Jimmy Carter. , there is not exactly a manual to participate. blue voters in Texas.
Campaign Director Jen O’Malley Dillon – who herself fought one of the most publicized political battles in modern Texas history when she led Beto O’Rourke’s campaign for the US Senate two years ago – said this on a call with wealthy donors. last week
“Texas is a bit more difficult place for us to watch because we’ve never had to do it before, in a presidential race,” O’Malley Dillon said during a phone call with major donors. countryside. last week, a recording of which was obtained by The Daily Beast. “We’re still trying to work through this, but we’re seeing massive turnout in Texas … and I would say, continuing to focus on low propensity voters to make sure they try to vote early for One Pool.” effective number of people to contact on Election Day is Position 1. “
If early voting numbers are any indication, the gambit has the potential to pay off. As of four days before election day, Texas has already surpassed its 2016 turnout, bringing in 9,009,850 votes cast as of Friday morning. Granted, part of this is due to increased interest in postal voting due to the pandemic, as well as the state’s explosive population growth – Texas’ estimated population has grown by more than 7% in just four. years – and the fact that the state has a noticeably low turnout.
But this kind of growth has hidden benefits for Democrats. The state’s ten-year rhetoric as a tax haven for corporate headquarters has drawn hundreds of thousands of people from more liberal and tax-free states, and these voters are failing to verify their policy at the level of the State.
The enthusiasm for these demographic changes to bring about electoral change is palpable.
“I can’t wait for Texas to be the deciding state in this presidential election,” said Tina Knowles – businesswoman, fashion designer and mother of Beyoncé, from Texas – before introducing Harris to Houston. “You all know if we win Texas the game is over.”
This momentum has been confirmed in urban and suburban counties, particularly Harris County, aka Houston, where this cycle’s 1.4 million ballots have already broken historic turnout records. Considering that political scientists with an eye on Texas have said turnout would need to exceed at least 1.5 million in Harris County for a statewide Biden victory to enter the realm of possibility, C ‘is a very good sign for the former vice president’s campaign – and his running mate’s trip is at least worth the price of kerosene.
“We are investing a lot of resources in Texas,” Harris told reporters upon landing in Houston. “Texas has so much at stake in this election and they deserve to be heard, they deserve to be engaged by us because we intend to win every vote. We’re not going to tell anyone he’s supposed to vote for us – we want to win those votes.
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