MCALLEN, Texas – Kamala Harris will be in the Rio Grande Valley on Friday, according to Democratic presidential nominees Joe Biden’s campaign.

The campaign announced last Sunday that Biden’s pick for Vice President would visit Texas on Friday, the last day of early voting. On Wednesday, the campaign said she would visit Houston, Fort Worth and McAllen.

Harris, a U.S. senator from California, will be the highest-profile Biden surrogate to come to Texas in the general election.

Gilberto Hinojosa, a Valley native, is chairman of the Texas Democratic Party. He said:

“Texas Democrats are proud to welcome Kamala Harris back to the biggest battleground state in the country. Senator Harris visiting this late in the game shows the significance of Texas and is the game-changer Texas Democrats need to put us over the top. We only have six days left to turn Texas blue and it is all hands on deck. We know Texas Democrats will make history on November 3 by electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Now, make a plan to vote at”

Reliably ‘Red” for the past two decades, some opinion polls have suggested Texas is in play as a swing state in 2020. Some polls have Biden and President Trump neck and neck, others have Trump up by four or five points. On Tuesday, NBC News moved Texas from “Leaning Republican” to “Toss Up.”

On Tuesday, businessman and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would be pumping $15 million into advertising for Biden in Texas and Ohio.

The enthusiasm of Democrats is based upon a huge early vote turnout in major metropolitan areas such as Houston, Austin and Dallas. However, by comparison, the Valley’s early vote totals are not as impressive. U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, told the Rio Grande Guardian recently that he was concerned about the lack of buzz in the region. Some analysts put this down to COVID-19, which has thus far prevented any major political rallies.

Republicans in the Valley are excited about a second term for President Trump and have holding large caravans in different cities. They expect Trump to do better with Hispanic voters than he did when running against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Election Day is next Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The Rio Grande Guardian will bring more information on this developing story as it becomes available.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows Kamala Harris. (Photo credit: Adam Schultz/Biden for President)

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