AUSTIN (KXAN) — Even with election day on Tuesday, the campaigning hasn’t stopped for the Travis County Republican and Democratic parties.
Austinites can likely expect a phone call or even a volunteer coming by their house encouraging community members to get out and vote. Party representatives will also answer any questions you might have about the candidates.
One thing both parties in Travis County agree on is informing voters about the candidates running for offices other than the President. This includes Congress, the Senate, judges, and city council members.
They think residents might be more likely to vote for their candidate if you understand what they stand for other than the party they represent. Both sides have also been optimistic that the record breaking early voting numbers show good signs for their candidates.
“There might be a lot of people who want to wait until the last minute to see what Wikileaks comes up with or make up their minds so we are going to be phone banking, we are going to be going door to door, we are still going to be campaigning all the way up until the last minute,” said Travis County Republican Party Communication Director Andy Hogue.
There are watch parties planned for each side of the election Tuesday night. The Republican Party will be at Big Daddy’s at 183 Burnet. The Democrats will be at the Driskill Hotel. Both watch parties start at 7 p.m.
Kate Weidaw is live with the latest from the push to get voters to head to the polls.
As voters are lining up at the polls, James Henson with the Texas Politics Project is looking into how Democrats and Republicans view their own parties. This fall the polls have moved from being nearly tied to a double-digit lead by Hillary Clinton tightening as the race comes to a close. According to Henson, when it comes to viewing their party favorable there is a gap between Democrats and Republicans
“Much of it has probably been response bias: put simply, the tendency of people not to respond to polls when their candidate is the object of strongly negative news coverage,” said Henson.