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Greg Abbott Leads in Texas Governor Polls as Election Nears

Greg Abbott meets supporters at home of Bryant and Betsy Medders

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Gov. Abbott Leads In Re-Election Bid

A recent poll shows Texas Gov. Greg Abbott with a lead over several challengers in the approaching Republican primary. The survey showed the governor with 59 percent of the vote.

Three challengers trailed in the University of Texas-Tyler poll conducted for the Dallas Morning News newspaper. None of the others including Allen West, Don Huffines and Chad Prather topped seven per cent.

District Attorney John Gillespie and Mayor Stephen Santellana

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Ed Lane and Governor Abbott

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Abbott Also Leads Democrat Beto O'Rourke

Abbott also leads Democrat front runner Beto O'Rourke 47 percent to 36 percent. The two men will collide in the November general election assuming they each win their respective primaries in March.

Republican Candidates

West moved from Florida to Texas in order to run. He was a former representative in Florida.

Huffines, a former state representative, in Texas, has used radio and television ads to get his message out. Prather is a conservative television personality.


O'Rourke Leads Democratic Primary

O'Rourke will face seven little-known challengers in the Democratic Party. He is expected to win his party's nomination and face Abbott in the general election.

Gov. Abbott's Actions to Protect Border

Gov. Abbott has emphasized protecting the Texas border as one of his primary goals. His actions include signing laws that provide $3 billion in funding for Texas border security efforts, launching Operation Lone Star and deploying thousands of National Guard soldiers and Department of Public Safety troopers as well as creating a system to arrest and jail illegal migrants trespassing or committing other state crimes in Texas.

Abbott's Additional Border Protection Activities

Other border-related measures the governor has taken include signing a budget authorization to build the border wall in Texas, signing a law to make it easier to prosecute smugglers bringing people into Texas and signing nine laws cracking down on human trafficking in Texas..

Texas Ranking Under Abbott

Abbott has mentioned an impressive array of accomplishments while he's been governor. Texas has ranked No. 1 as the top state economy in the U.S. in addition to being the number one-ranked state for business during each year he's been in office.

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The Lone Star State has also been No. 1 in global experts under his leadership while also being first in attracting new businesses to the state.

Jobs in Texas Since Pandemic

Under Abbott's leadership, 1.3 million new jobs have been created since the pandemic in Texas. The state is also among the leaders for jobs created by African American, Hispanic, women and veteran business owners.

COVID Protection For Healthcare Workers

Abbott also moved to protect our brave healthcare workers who risk their lives fighting Covid. In the 87th Legislative Session, achieved a major victory by obtaining liability protections for business, employees, and healthcare providers.

Defending Law Enforcement

Always a strong supporter of law enforcement since his days as Texas Attorney General, Abbott has worked to defend police from the Defund the Police movement which as been supported by some politicians. He has enacted laws which prevent Texas cities from defunding the police.

Attorney General

Before his election in 2014 as the 48th governor of Texas, Abbott was the 50th and longest serving attorney general of Texas, earning a national reputation for defending religious liberty, and protecting Texas communities and children. He successfully argued several cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

He won one case which allowed Texas to keep its Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the State Capital.

Beto O'Rourke Vows To Take Guns

Beto O'Rourke outlined his plan for the government to take people's guns during the Democratic presidential primary. He said he would make it a priority for the government to buy back assault style weapons from citizens.

Quoting the candidate's past comment about selling back AR-15s and AK 47s, moderator David Muir asked O'Rourke: "Are you proposing to take away their guns and how would it work?"

O'Rourke answered, "Hell, yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK 47."


Details of O'Rourke Gun Plan

During the debate O'Rourke went into further detail about his gun plan, saying, "I am if it's a weapon that was designed to kill people on a battlefield."

In an October 2019 interview with MSNBC, he further said he supported law enforcement people visiting people who own assault weapons to ensure they are bought back..

"In that case I think there would be a visit by law enforcement to recover that firearm and make sure that it is purchased, bought back, so that it cannot be potentially used against somebody else."

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