A story in today’s New York Times focuses on the presidential election campaign in Texas.

Reporter Jonathan Martin asks why, if Texas is in play, President Trump is not spending any money in the state on TV advertising. Martin also asks why Trump’s challenger, Democrat Joe Biden, has not visited the state. He does point out that Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, will campaign in Texas on Friday.

The Rio Grande Valley is featured in the story, with the reporter noting that turnout, thus far, has not been as high in the Valley as it has in larger metro areas.

“After initially only planning to have Ms. Harris visit the state’s two largest metropolitan areas, Mr. Biden’s campaign announced Wednesday that she would also visit the Rio Grande Valley,” Martin writes.

“In border communities like Brownsville and McAllen, the question for Mr. Biden is not whether voters will support a Democrat — they do so reliably — but whether voters in this working-class region hit hard by the coronavirus will turn out at the same levels as the more affluent parts of the state.”

Martin said visits to a pair of precincts last week in the Rio Grande Valley revealed a noticeable number of first- or second-time voters, including many students. “Many of them were Hispanic and they cast their ballots overwhelmingly for Mr. Biden — or, as they put it, against Mr. Trump.” 

Click here to read the New York Times story. 

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news clip shows Texans waiting to vote in San Antonio. (Photo credit: KSAT).

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