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Patrick Svitek is a reporter for the Texas Tribune. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau. He graduated in 2014 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He originally is from Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop in Dallas on Monday, March 2, 2020.
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Joe Biden's campaign is naming its first hires for the general election in Texas, where polls continue to show a close contest between the presumptive Democratic nominee and President Donald Trump.

Democrats have criticized Gov. Greg Abbott from the start of the pandemic — and the criticism has only intensified in recent weeks as the coronavirus situation has deteriorated in Texas.
Eddie Gaspar / The Texas Tribune

Hoping to harness the opposition to Gov. Greg Abbott's handling of the coronavirus, several Texas Democratic strategists are launching a new political group to defeat him in 2022.

Texas House of Representatives chamber Nov. 20, 2018.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

After a string of Texas House primary seasons featuring broad intraparty combat, the 2020 one is coming down to three runoffs Tuesday where hardline conservatives are out for a much-needed breakthrough.

Gov. Greg Abbott

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a nearly statewide mask mandate Thursday as Texas scrambles to get its coronavirus surge under control.

Gov. Greg Abbott
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Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday took his most drastic action yet to respond to the post-reopening coronavirus surge in Texas, shutting bars back down and scaling back restaurant capacity to 50%.

He also shut down river-rafting trips and banned outdoor gatherings of over 100 people unless local officials approve.

With Coronavirus Cases Climbing, Gov. Abbott Says 'No Real Need' To Scale Back Business Reopenings

Jun 13, 2020
Signs posted on the door of Ruth's Chris Steak House in Austin outline the restaurant's social distancing guidelines.
Allie Goulding / The Texas Tribune

With the number of people hospitalized for the new coronavirus continuing to climb in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday that there’s “no real need to ratchet back the opening of businesses in the state.”

A home near the Gulf Coast was damaged by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.
Tomas Gonzalez / The Texas Tribune

More hurricanes and tropical storms than usual could make landfall in the United States this summer, forecasters predict. That is sending Texans and officials who are increasingly facing severe weather events scrambling to prepare for another natural disaster while they still grapple with an ongoing pandemic and continued national unrest spurred by American law enforcement's use of physical force against residents.

The Republican Party of Texas office in downtown Austin
Eddie Gaspar / The Texas Tribune

Republican leaders in five Texas counties shared racist Facebook posts, some of which also floated conspiracy theories, leading Gov. Greg Abbott to call for two of them to resign.

Republican Party of Bexar County Chairman Cynthia Brehm
via YouTube

Gov. Greg Abbott is calling for the resignation of the Republican Party chair in one of the state's biggest counties after she floated a conspiracy theory about the death of George Floyd.

President Donald Trump arrives at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston on Oct. 22, 2018.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

The Republican National Committee is eyeing Dallas as a potential new site for part of its 2020 convention this summer.

Eddie Gaspar / The Texas Tribune

The Texas Democratic and Republican parties are planning very different conventions this summer as the coronavirus pandemic persists — and drawing a growing national spotlight along the way.

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.

Former U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions
Angela Piazza for The Texas Tribune

As Pete Sessions seeks a return to Congress, he has spent over $80,000 in campaign funds on legal fees, illuminating a wrinkle in campaign finance law while drawing increasing criticism from his Republican primary runoff opponent.

A gym in downtown Mcgregor is closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Jordan Vonderhaar / For The Texas Tribune

The office of Attorney General Ken Paxton is making clear to county judges that Gov. Greg Abbott's new executive order reopening Texas businesses does not include places like barbershops, hair salons and gyms.

Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic challenger MJ Hegar.
Juan Figueroa: Cornyn/Marjorie Kamys Cotera: Hegar / The Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, raised $2.7 million over the past three months, his campaign announced Wednesday morning, marking another quarter during which he easily outpaced the Democrats hoping to challenge him.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is joined by state and city officials as he gives an update on the coronavirus outbreak on March 16.
Eric Gay / Associated Press

Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that reopening the Texas economy will be a "slow process" guided by public health concerns as he continued to preview a forthcoming executive order that will detail his strategy to reignite business in the state.

Gov. Greg Abbott declares a statewide emergency amid new cases of COVID-19 in the state on March 13, 2020 at the state capitol.
Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune

A group of nursing home residents in Texas City who have tested positive for the new coronavirus are being treated with the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday.

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Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday ratcheted up travel restrictions into Texas during the new coronavirus pandemic, while announcing the state's first pop-up hospital to deal with the crisis. He also said he was moving to "stop the release of dangerous felons" amid the outbreak.

Not only has the coronavirus pandemic upended how candidates campaign for the foreseeable future, it has also caused the May runoff election to be pushed back seven weeks.
Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune

Democrats and Republicans across Texas are settling in for the new normal that is campaigning in the time of the novel coronavirus.

Not only has the pandemic upended how candidates campaign for the foreseeable future, it has also caused the May runoff election to be pushed back seven weeks, adding more uncertainty to a high-stakes election cycle in Texas.

Eddie Gaspar / Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday took sweeping action to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus across Texas, issuing an executive order that will close restaurants and schools, among other things.

Eddie Gaspar / The Texas Tribune

Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez has endorsed Royce West over MJ Hegar in the Democratic primary runoff to challenge U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, just under a week after Tzintzún Ramirez finished a close third in the crowded primary.

MJ Hegar and Royce West
Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson and Eddie Gaspar / For The Texas Tribune

For months, the 12 Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate mostly played nice at forum after forum, reciting their elevator pitches and reiterating their issue positions. A few episodes fueled sharp disagreements, but none that permanently derailed an otherwise cordial primary.

Now the race is down to two people, and the contrast between them is quickly coming into focus.

Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson / The Texas Tribune

Bernie Sanders wasted little time Friday night at a Dallas-area rally getting to what he said would be a “dramatic announcement.”

Axel Gerdau / The Texas Tribune

There are political outsiders, and then there are outsiders — literally.

Across Texas’ most competitive congressional primaries, leading candidates are weathering scrutiny of their ties to the districts they are running for, fueling a dominant theme ahead of the March 3 primary. The dynamic is playing out across the state, mostly in GOP primaries and particularly in more rural districts, where there is a premium on local connections.

Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott has spent the past seven months unveiling endorsements for Texas House Republicans and other GOP candidates for the lower chamber — and now he is about to hit the road for them.

Eliz Markowitz speaks to supporters at her election night watch party on Tuesday.
Michael Stravato / The Texas Tribune

State and national Democrats are regrouping after a tough loss Tuesday in a special election runoff for a Texas House seat that they had targeted in their drive to flip the chamber in November.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas
Allison Shelley / The Texas Tribune

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, has $12.1 million in the bank for his reelection bid after collecting $2.75 million over the last three months, according to his campaign.

Bernie Sanders s
Cooper Neill / The Texas Tribune

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is significantly increasing his focus on Texas with a little over a month until the state's primary.

On Tuesday, his campaign unveiled plans for a $2.5 million TV ad buy across Texas and California — another delegate-rich Super Tuesday state — and told The Texas Tribune that it has staffed up here with five regional field directors.

Gary Gates
Annie Mulligan / The Texas Tribune

Republican Gary Gates decisively beat Democrat Eliz Markowitz in the nationally targeted special election runoff for Texas House District 28, marking a disappointing loss for Democrats who had hoped to use the race to build momentum toward capturing control of the lower chamber in November.

Texas House District 28 candidates
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Republican Gary Gates has opened a big lead in early voting returns in the nationally targeted special election runoff for Texas House District 28, according to unofficial results.

Gates got 59% of the early vote to 41% for Democrat Eliz Markowitz in the suburban Houston district.