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Amarillo political parties gear up for 2020 elections

Amarillo political parties gear up for 2020 elections shortly after the 2018 Midterms. (ABC 7 Amarillo-Tiffany Lester)

Midterms may be over but the work for local political organizations is not.

Clean up is now underway for the Potter County Democratic Party.

Volunteers picked up what is left after a tense midterm election Thursday afternoon.

“I feel a little bit relieved it's over,” said Potter County Democratic Party Chair Steve Land. “I have neglected my home chores quite a bit and I'll be able to catch up on all of that. I owe myself a haircut.”

Land tells ABC 7 News that trying to get votes is hard work.

“Recruiting volunteers, training volunteers, organizing events, getting volunteers to the event so we can have some attendance and actually doing some block calling and phone calling myself,” said Land.

Yet, just because the midterm is over, does not mean the work is done.

Randall County Republican Party Chair Tim Revell says they are now looking ahead to the 2020 primary and general elections.

“It’s paperwork until we get somebody that is a full fledge candidate and then we advise them on things they need to do for their candidacy and what they need to do to have a good primary run and then of course, when they win their primary to show them the groundwork things they need to do to win an election,” said Randall County Republican Party Chair Tim Revell.

Both parties use data to track the latest election in hopes of getting even more voters on their side.

The local parties will speak with candidates at least three to four months before the primary in spring of 2020 in order to meet the state-set deadline to file.

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