Gov. Abbott leads ‘Beto’ O’Rourke by double-digits in governor’s race

Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, appears to be comfortably leading Democrat Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke ahead of the state’s upcoming gubernatorial race.

The Republican governor commands a strong 11-point lead against his opponent, according to a University of Texas at Tyler poll.

He also led O’Rourke with key voter demographics, including Latinos (40 percent to 39 percent), independents (37 percent to 31 percent), and white voters (57 percent to 28 percent).

Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott led Democrat Beto O’Rourke ahead of the state’s upcoming gubernatorial election.

Gov. Abbott, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump in June, is running for reelection to a third term. As governor, he has frequently opposed the policies of Joe Biden. So far, he has banned vaccine mandates, and resumed construction on the border wall.

He also recently appeared before tens of thousands at President Trump’s rally in Conroe, Texas on Saturday.

Several candidates have launched primary challenges against Abbott, often criticizing the governor for not completely locking down the southern border and not banning abortion entirely.

Abbott’s GOP primary challengers include former state Sen. Don Huffines, former Texas GOP Chair Allen West, and television host Chad Prather.

However, Abbott comfortably led his Republican challengers with 59 percent ahead of the March primaries, according to the University of Texas at Tyler poll.

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15’s,” Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke told crowds at a Democrat 2020 presidential debate.

The Republican who wins the gubernatorial nomination will likely face off against O’Rourke in the general election.

However, O’Rourke, a former congressman who launched failed bids for the Senate in 2018 and the White House in 2020, will face a tough election after taking radical stances.

O’Rourke’s 2019 promises to “take away” rifles such as AR-15s will likely come back to haunt him in Texas, the state with the most registered firearms in the nation. He has also vowed to “take down the wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Texas Democrat is bound to face more roadblocks due to the unpopularity of Joe Biden, of whom 57 percent of Texans disapprove. O’Rourke has reiterated that he is “not interested” in receiving any campaign help from Biden.

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emerson February 2, 2022 - 12:29 pm
my main concern is republicans(conservatives) who are promoting allen west, a failed candidate instead of strongly backing Gov. Abbott. Texas being the first in the nation to abolish the abomination of abortion and the prospect of completing the wall are enough for me to support Gov. Abbott 100%. we know the lying dems stick together no matter what trash they put forth, we also know the weak knee republicans are good at shooting themselves in the foot. we have a republican governor in place that should be good enough, leave the status quo. all these do gooders are going to do is possibly split the vote and put the moron o'rourke in the governor's office. a fool in austin and in d.c., omg. this is one time the people of Texas better go by the old adage, "better dance with the one that brung ya".
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