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Texas Emerges As A Battleground State Ahead Of 2020 Elections

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is resisting calls for the Senate to return from August recess to take up gun reform measures after deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, last weekend. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Ahead of the 2020 elections, members of the House have begun announcing plans to retire, including (from left) Republican Reps. Will Hurd of Texas, Martha Roby of Alabama, Pete Olson of Texas, Rob Woodall of Georgia. Bill Clark, Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images hide caption

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Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the eighth presidential candidate who appears to have made it to the stage. The next debate has a tougher threshold than the past two. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, announced Thursday he won't run for reelection in 2020 after only narrowly surviving last fall in a district that voted for Hillary Clinton. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, far left, gestures while former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, far right, speaks and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke listen during the Democratic Presidential Debate in Detroit on July 30, 2019. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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(From left) Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Warren, Booker and O'Rourke have already qualified for the Democratic debate in September. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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A Border Patrol officer guards the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Nogales, Ariz., in February. The Supreme Court on Friday said the Trump administration could continue with its plan to use military funds to build a wall along sections of the southern border. Ariana Drehsler/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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"Now you can finally be free from liberal paper straws that fall apart within minutes and ruin your drink," declares President Trump's campaign manager. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is in the middle as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris face off in the June 27 debate in Miami. Harris and Biden will again share center stage in the July 31 debate. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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