Greg Abbott, Beto O'Rourke Win Primaries Setting Up Fight for Texas Governorship

Larry Lease

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The Texas governor race is set, it will be Gov. Greg Abbott facing off against Beto O'Rourke.Pete Alexopoulos/Unsplash

As results came in on Tuesday, it became clear that Governor Greg Abbott defeated seven Republican challengers including Allen West and Don Huffines. On the Democrat side, Beto O'Rourke, the former presidential candidate took a massive lead over a five-candidate Democratic field.

Fox News reports that O'Rourke made a name for himself among the Texas Democratic Party when he ran against Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Despite losing that race, O'Rourke rode that wave of Beto-support into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, where he took on some left-leaning positions that may hurt his efforts to win over Texans.

NBC DFW reports O'Rourke held an event in Fort Worth where he accepted the challenge of flipping a GOP-controlled state. He told the crowd "We have our work cut out for us in a state that has made it extremely difficult to vote." Abbott spoke to a crowd in Corpus Christi targeting Democrats saying they "have threatened to kill off Texas energy jobs and defund the police."

K3 TV reports that Abbott claims he is building a stronger, smarter, safer, and more prosperous state. But it will take a fight to keep it that way. For the last three months, O'Rourke and Abbott have ignored their primary foes and instead targeted each other.

NPR reports that Abbott has been seeking his third term in office and even secured the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. NPR reports O'Rourke has been critical of Abbott's response to the pandemic and the electricity grid failures during the winter storm last year.

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