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I agree, but with the caveat that Trump and his team took especial aim at absentee/mail-in ballots.

Trump took special aim during the 2020 election with the Voter Fraud meme at mail in ballots, true. The current round of voting restrictions though are aimed at both in person voting and mail in voting, yes there's more emphasis on limiting mail in ballots.
The current round of laws in at least nine states also restricts the number of in person polls and limited the time period when ballot drop boxes are available.
Texas in particular has drastically reduced the number of in person voting polls. Places like Harris Co are infamous for six hour lines to get in to vote. With the current law in Texas(which is the subject here), this year there will be even fewer in person voting polls in Harris Co, and elsewhere.
Although the Voter Fraud meme focuses on mail in ballots, this propaganda is merely the "stick" to reduce Voter Turn out by any means.

the GOP underperformed in the mail voting

Which is the opposite of what you originally stated,
In a number of states that adopted new voting legislation, including Texas and my home state of Florida, absentee balloting has traditionally been skewed in favor of Republican voters
Republicans are betting that reducing mail in voting will benefit Republicans this time around
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