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An Election About Everything

Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. [Get On Politics delivered to your inbox.] In 2014, pundits, strategists and reporters dubbed the midterms the “Seinfeld election” — as in, an election about nothing. But will these past few weeks drive even more Democrats to the polls? ____________________ In Texas, ‘every conversation matters’ The Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke may turn on how many inactive voters Democrats can get to the polls. Farah Stockman, who covers national political trends for The Times, sent us this dispatch from Dallas: If Texas ever turns blue, the Texas Organizing Project — or TOP — will almost certainly have something to do with it. This year, she said, the numbers may not add up for Democrats outside of the big cities. Candidates ____________________ Today in live polls: Iowa and New Jersey Image As the election nears, The Times’s live polling project is talking to voters in some of the closest races. We had Leonard Lance, the Republican incumbent, up by one point a month ago. Politics is more than what goes on inside the White House.