Although a formal announcement has not been given from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, according to a spokesperson from the Texas Guard said on Monday, Texas will send 1,000 Army National Guard troops to five major cities in the state to coincide with the November 3 General Election.
The five cities are Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. The troops will likely start hitting those cities beginning this weekend. Although a formal announcement is expected from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott later this week, Guard commander Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris had already been directed to draft contingency plans for the cities in case there was trouble, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Guard spokesman Brandon Jones didn’t give detailed plans of the operation but said the troops could be sent this weekend, just days ahead of the presidential election. Jones added that he doesn’t have a specific reason why Abbott ordered the troops to deploy for the election, nor does he have any information on whether or not troops had been sent to protect cities, or polling places at some point in the past.
This isn’t the first time this year that Abbott has deployed the Texas Guard and it was expected for Abbott to order the troops to these cities. It comes just one day after the campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announced that California Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, would visit Texas this Friday to campaign for Biden.
Democrats have declared Texas a “battleground state” that they can flip blue. Texas hasn’t chosen a Democrat candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1978.
The latest poll by The University of Texas and the Texas Tribune shows President Donald Trump with a five-point lead over Biden. In 2016, Trump won Texas by nine points over Hillary Clinton.
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