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Dem VP candidate Kamala Harris joined by Beto O’Rourke at Texas campaign rallies

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Beto O'Rourke (left) on stage with Kamala Harris (right) at a rally in McAllen, Texas.

McALLEN, Texas — Texas’ surprising status as a battleground came into clearer focus on Friday as Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris devoted one of the race's final days to campaigning across America's largest red state and early voter turnout zoomed past 9 million — already more than the total number of ballots cast during the entire 2016 election.

Harris visited three cities, including McAllen in the Rio Grande Valley along the Mexican border, which was ravaged this summer by the coronavirus. Part of the California senator's mission was to energize Latino voters, whose lower turnout rates have for years helped sink her party's hopes of making Texas more competitive.

“Texas has been turning it out,” Harris told a McAllen drive-in rally. “You’ve been standing in line. You’ve been organizing. You’ve been making a huge difference.”

Joining Harris was former El Paso Democratic congressman and senate and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who knocked on doors trying to increase turnout. 

He said Rio Grande Valley voters will likely be motivated by President Trump's bungled coronavirus response.

“This part of Texas has borne witness to the cruelty of the Trump administration," O'Rourke said.

Texas' early votes exceeded the 8.9-plus million overall votes for the election four years ago, according to an Associated Press tally on Friday.

The fact that Texas exceeded its entire vote total for the past presidential cycle hours before the early voting period ended Friday evening — and prior to millions more likely being cast on Election Day — hints at a potential electoral sea change, Democrats say.

And by showing up closer to Election Day than anyone on a Democratic presidential ticket has in years, Harris in some ways fulfilled weeks of pleas by Texas Democrats for Joe Biden's presidential campaign to take their chances here more seriously.

Harris’ tour through the state comes as polls project a tight presidential race in Texas. A handful of surveys in recent days give Trump a narrow lead or show him mired in a tie with the former vice president. In a few cases, Biden maintains a small lead over Trump.

Biden’s campaign has for months insisted that Texas, with its 38 electoral votes, is among the traditionally conservative states it is looking to flip, though it has long been more bullish on Arizona.

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  1. So the wanna be black woman joins the wanna be a boy/man to try to convince Texans that communism is the best way to govern a country. Lying sack of shits both of them.

      1. I suspect your “handle” indicates your year of birth, therefore you don’t remember the Cuban missile crisis. I was 16 and living in Florida at the time. Cuba was right on our doorstep. I spent 20 years on the front lines of the cold war on Navy aircraft carriers. A required course in our Junior year was “Americanism vs, Communism.” I’ve seen the real Communism, and you don’t want it. Cuba & Venezuela are goof examples today. YOU check it out!

        1. His real YOB is 1946, he is a registered sex offender and lives in Anthony, TX, in a dump that makes alberto’s government-subsidized apartment look like a palace.

        2. I had yet to come into the world in 1961, but I know what happened in Cuba. The Cubans were freed from a mafia controlled dictator and placed under the control of a communist dictator. None of that has the slightest connection to Harris, Beto, or Biden. Your constant unsuccessful attempts to paint the Democrats as communist make you appear to be uneducated fools. I suspect that you are just that. I have yet to see any Democrat support anything remotely related to communism.

          1. Cubans are free? Someone should tell them so they don’t have to try and escape and get killed. Compadre turner take the next plane there and tell them. You’ll be famous.

        3. I was born in 62, i went to a real school district back east. I was taught all about the cuban missile crisis, communism, and communes. Most of us know the definition of communism. Mr. Turner the pedophile thinks he is the most intelligent among us, but then most morons think the same way. Most stupid people dont know they’re stupid

        1. Childish little man making childish little insults like a 6th or 7th grader on the playground. Madmike is without a doubt the stupidest troll on this blog. And you have to be almost a mental vegetable to pass nadodave, jeff allen, and fero2A.

  2. I don’t have a dog in this race but Harris and Beto campaigning is not a good strategy for Biden. Both of them have been rejected and quite badly by Dem voters in the primary. Why Joe picked her is beyond comprehension. Joe should be here in person with Obama. Harris in Texas would be like Pence in California.

    1. The demoKKKrats know lying biden is not going to last even if he wins. So camel la la would be the perfect idiot to be controlled by the far communist left. The demoKKKrats have something on her so she will be easy to control even without lying biden.

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