Politics in the time of a pandemic.

In two weeks, Pennsylvania will hold a primary election, even as the state continues to see hundreds of new COVID-19 cases every day.

As counties figure out their plans for keeping voters safe, the candidates are adapting, too.

"The biggest challenge is not being able to meet with your constituents," said Enid Santiago.

"The fundamentals of a campaign remain basically the same. Your goal is always to communicate with your voters," said Peter Schweyer.

Incumbent Peter Schweyer and challenger Enid Santiago are facing off in the Democratic primary for the House seat in Pennsylvania's 22nd legislative district.

In the age of social distancing and stay at home orders both campaigns went online, and through the phone.

"I do a daily live 6 o'clock with what is going on in the community, whether it's the schools districts, the fact that we didn't have computers until recently, or food banks now opening up," she said.

"We're still sending out pieces of mail, still communicating digitally. It's just instead of door to door we shifted to phone calls and texting," Schweyer said.

However, political pundit Chris Borick says this climate gives another advantage to incumbents. A key blow for unknowns is that introducing yourself directly to voters is no longer an option.

"That is a really interesting factor in this race, what will people vote on in a primary where they don't know the candidates that well and there is no party cue to turn to," he said.

Both Schweyer and Santiago are pushing mail in ballots for their voters, with Santiago delivering one for a 101-year-old voter. It's a personal touch needed now more than ever.

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