Election 2016

Texas Dem And GOP Stars Land In Houston For Last Day Of Campaign

HUD Secretary Julián Castro and Congressman Joaquin Castro led the Democrats’ get-out-the-vote efforts in the East End. Sen. Ted Cruz did the same for Republicans in Spring Branch.


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El Jardin campaign event
Democrats’ get out the vote event at El Jardin. Left to right: HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, State Senator Sylvia Garcia, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, U.S. Rep. Al Green

Texas Democrats and Republicans are making a final push to get out the vote. The parties each sent some of their biggest guns to Houston for the last day of campaigning before Election Day.

El Jardin in the East End hosted a get-out-the-vote breakfast for Hillary Clinton and local Democratic candidates. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and his twin brother, San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro headlined the event. Both focused on Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric.

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

"If there's one thing that has been missing from Donald Trump and the Republicans this year, it's been respect," said the HUD secretary. "They've disrespected not just the Latino community. They've disrespected women. They've disrespected people with disabilities. They've disrespected our veterans, our POWs. They've disrespected parents who care about how their children are growing up. Texas has always been about respect."

Meanwhile, Senator Ted Cruz will address Republicans this evening at Café Adobe in Spring Branch. Cruz has been campaigning on Trump's behalf in a number of swing states. One of his major themes has been how the next president will have the opportunity to reshape the Supreme Court.

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas

"With Justice [Antonin] Scalia's passing, we are one justice away from losing our fundamental rights," Cruz said at a rally last Thursday in Iowa. "If you care about the Constitution and Bill of Rights, if you care about free speech and religious liberty and the Second Amendment, then this election, putting a Republican in the White House and keeping a Republican Senate is the whole enchilada."

There are roughly 2.2 million registered voters in Harris County. Nearly 1 million have already cast their ballots, either in person during early voting, or by mail.


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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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