|Case Counts/Testing in Texas — June 28th (3:40 PM data)|
Total Tests Performed — 2,006,724
Confirmed Cases — 148,723
Active Cases — 66,356
Hospitalizations — 5,497
Fatalities — 2,393
Recovered Cases — 79,974
Early Voting Begins for Runoff Elections
Early voting begins today for the July 14th runoff elections for the party primaries that will determine the final spots on the November ballot for Democrats and Republicans. There are 35 Congressional, legislative, and state offices up for decisions from the voters. Anyone that voted in the March 3rd primary must vote in the same primary runoff election. Any registered voter that didn’t participate in the first round may vote in either primary. The runoffs were originally schedule for May, but were delayed due to the pandemic. Early voting runs through July 10th. Local leaders are setting up safety precautions such as markings on the floor to dictate social distancing and installing plastic shields at check in and voting stations.
The most high profile race on the ballot is on the Democratic side, where retired Air Force pilot MJ Hegar and Dallas state Senator Royce West are competing for the nomination to take on incumbent Republican John Cornyn for US Senate. There are also 15 US House runoffs and 14 Texas House runoffs as both parties fight for control of the Texas House in November.
The full ballot for the runoffs can be found here: https://www.joeybennett.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-Primary-Runoff-Elections-1.docx
Bar and Nightclub Owners Sue Abbott, State of Texas
In response to Gov. Abbott’s order issued on Friday that shut down all bars throughout the state, the Texas Bar and Nightclub Owners Association said today they plan to sue the state, seeking a temporary restraining order claiming the executive order is an overreach. The group feels their establishments have been unjustly identified as a threat to public health and are demanding the state provide scientific evidence that bars are creating a public health hazard.
Vice-President Pence in Dallas
Vice-President Mike Pence visited the First Baptist Church of Dallas yesterday. During his address to the congregation, Pence promised the full support of the federal government to assist Texas in the huge spike in cases over the past few weeks. Pence also emphasized the importance of wearing a mask to reduce further spread of the disease. After the speech, Pence met with Gov. Abbott and US Senator John Cornyn where state officials briefed Pence on the rising case numbers and hospitalizations.