US election: early voting could reportedly fuel highest turnout since 1908 – liveOctober 23, 2020
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Regular readers will remember Louis DeJoy, Donald Trump’s postmaster general who is accused of seeking to hobble the US mail before an election in which postal voting has taken on an outsized role due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Such concerns may in part be fueling the boom in early in-person voting mentioned below, which is likely not to Republicans’ advantage. But in the meantime, here’s some light reading from CBS News:
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former company landed a $5m highway-shipping contract last month with the United States Postal Service.
DeJoy continued to own a multimillion-dollar stake in XPO Logistics as of early October. The $5m deal is the first regular contract for a postal route that XPO Logistics has signed with the USPS in more than a year. XPO’s last highway contract with the USPS was in December and it was temporary. The one before that was in signed in July 2019.
Related: Revealed: evidence shows huge mail slowdowns after Trump ally took over
And now for a semi-regular feature when I’m blogging, entitled Fun With Polls and basically just a read-off of the averages from fivethirtyeight.com but nonetheless it paints a picture, less than two weeks out from election day.
Herewith, the current scores on the doors in the battleground states, both the ones everyone always thinks of and some – Georgia, Iowa, Texas – which really shouldn’t be close but with this Republican in the White House, are:
What you said about Texas, don’t worry about Texas. Texas is with us. [Democrats] want to take away your guns, your oil and your God. OK, that’s what they want. They want to take away your second amendment. They want to take away fracking and oil. They don’t care. They want to take it away they want to go to the Green New Deal. That’s not for Texas. Texas is not going to be losing the guns, and they’re not going to be losing their oil and they’re not going to be losing their religion or their God.