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Key Obamacare opponent emerges as Trump's top warrior in mail-in voting battle

(CNN)Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, long at the forefront of Republican efforts to undo Obama-era policies through the courts, is emerging as a key warrior in President Donald Trump's growing fight against expanding mail-in voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Paxton this week won a temporary victory in his battle with the Texas Democratic Party over whether fear of catching the disease should count as a reason to request absentee mail-in ballots under existing state law, after a federal appeals court halted a lower court judge's ruling saying ballot requests should be honored. He's simultaneously engaged in a parallel fight with Democratic-run counties, and last week asked the state's Supreme Court to step in and stop county election ...