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Campaigning In A Pandemic: No Baby Kissing Forecast

Antonio Villaraigosa kisses a baby in the Grand Central Market on election day, June 5, 2001. (David McNew/Getty Images)
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There's a new reality on the campaign trail.

The COVID-19 threat means no in-person contact with volunteers, donors or potential voters.

See that image above of then-mayoral hopeful Antonio Villaraigosa? Well, shaking hands and kissing babies are out. And, at least in local elections, going negative may also be be out.

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Political consultant John Shallman told us:

"People are going to have to really know that this may not be the right time to run these harsh, negative, personal campaigns. This may be more of, 'How do I turn my campaign to be a campaign of service?'"

We take a deeper look at the changes for candidates hoping to win this November.


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