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Candidates are also pushing for mail-in voting ahead of the June 2 primary.

What are you hopeful for right now?

Democratic state Senate candidate Nikil Saval posed the question to 70-some people who attended his campaign’s Zoom town hall on Monday night. Attendees typed messages into the chat window of the teleconferencing app, which now serves as a bridge to reach voters in the era of coronavirus.

“I am hopeful that our country and everyone in it bounces back better than ever,” wrote Stan Horwitz, 58, a Temple University employee who lives in Pennsylvania’s 1st Senate District.

Saval launched his bid against Democratic state Sen. Larry Farnese last year at a time no one foresaw the end of handshakes and door-to-door canvassing. Now, in Philly and nationwide, candidates are pivoting to virtual meetups. Many are pushing mail-in ballots as fears intensify about heading at the polling place during a pandemic.

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