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"Lone waver" braves Texas heat to campaign in runoff

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 19:40:47-04

WACO, TX — Texas doesn't usually hold elections in July due to the intense summer heat.

But some people seem to take it in stride.

Normally, you'll see several wavers on the side streets on election day.

Today's runoff brought just one woman.

Karen Sessions is married to the candidate that shares her name and sees campaigning as a duty.

She never thought she'd be the lone waver on election day.

"You're the only one out here waving today, it's 100-something degrees out here. what makes you do it? Well I'm supporting Pete Sessions for Congress and just strongly believe in Pete and his effectiveness," she said.

"Pete grew up in Waco, and educated here in Waco, his family, his family has very strong roots here and we're very proud to be here in Waco, Texas," said Mrs. Sessions.

"The heat, the waving, what's been the reaction from people driving by? The reaction's been very strong. And of course when you get the thumbs up, we support you that's very encouraging. I think it's just so important that we call get out and vote," she said.

"I'm enjoying it, I always love getting out and seeing my neighbors and community members. It's hot though, I can tell you it's hot out here. But you don't look hot, what's your secret. Think part it it, is this is Texas and you know it's gonna be hot in Texas and that's the case, but we all love it here and it comes with the heat," she explained.

Turnout has been better than normal for a runoff election.