Democrats’ first big virtual convention kicks off in Texas

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FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington. Biden will close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention next month that was moved online over fears of the coronavirus. The announcement Thursday, May 28 2020, rounds out an unusual slate of big names that Texas Democrats have rounded up for their state convention. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts will also speak at the weeklong event via video. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats are kicking off their first large-scale virtual convention in Texas as plans for a traditional national convention this summer remain unsettled. The state convention begins Monday and will include video appearances by Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The coronavirus pandemic scrapped plans for Texas Democrats to hold an in-person convention in San Antonio. They hope the virtual gathering will serve as a springboard toward November, when Democrats have a rare shot at reclaiming power in Texas. Meanwhile, Texas Republicans are still planning to hold their state convention in-person in July.