Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces he will run for reelection: Incumbent Republican administration already facing challengers for March GOP primaries vows to secure southern border
- Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott has filed for reelection
- Abbott’s campaign focuses on securing the southern border, supporting the police and creating jobs
- Texas Republican Senator Don Huffines, who has repeatedly criticized the governor, has announced his bid to run Abbott in the GOP primaries.
- A new poll shows former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rouke and actor Matthew McConaughey appear to be Abbott’s biggest competitors
- O’Rourke has announced his bid for Texas governor; McConaughey has hinted he may be running
- Polls show the actor prefers O’Rouke or Abbott, but Abbott would win in a three-way race
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott filed for re-election on Tuesday in preparation for the state’s 2022 gubernatorial election.
“We must continue to secure our border, support our police and keep Texas a job creation machine,” he tweeted, along with a video announcing his reelection campaign. “With your help, Texas will remain the best state in America.”
Abbott can be seen in the video in front of his wife, Cecilia, and daughter, Audrey, with a stack of papers that he believes contain the signatures of more than 20,000 Texans to see him on the ballot again.
“I’m here today to officially sign the paperwork for re-election as governor of the great state of Texas,” he announced.
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Texas incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott filed for re-election Tuesday
Abbott, a Republican, is seeking a third term and has become a national figure by taking strong stances on lightning rod issues such as abortion and border security
Austin-based actor Matthew McConaughey has hinted at a 2022 gubernatorial bid
“Working together, we keep Texas the best state in the United States of America.” explained Abbott.
Abbott took office in 2015 and is currently serving his second term as governor of the Friendship State.
Abbott has made national headlines for his strong stances on COVID-19 mandates, border security, restrictive voting laws, Critical Race Theory and abortion rights.
The Texas governor is already facing challengers, but seems to be in a comfortable position to stay in his seat.
Texas Republican Senator Don Huffines, who has criticized the governor for his response to the COVID-19 pandemic and failure to complete the wall on the southern border, has announced his bid for the governor’s race.
He put 3 million Texans out of work and dependent on the government in one day. He closed our churches on the holiest week of the year, Easter,” Huffines said during a performance at CPAC earlier this year.
His campaign focuses on building the wall on the southern border, securing elections and abolishing property taxes.
But Abbott’s two biggest challengers appear to be Democratic hopeful and former Texas Senator Beto O’Rourke and actor Matthew McConaughey, who hinted at a gubernatorial bid in his home state.
A new poll by the University of Texas and Dallas Morning News showed that McConaughey is favored in both one-on-one matchups, but that Abbott would win in a three-way race.
McConaughey, who lives in Austin, has been teasing a candidate for governor for months but has not said whether he would make one as a Republican or a Democrat. The 52-year-old Oscar-winning actor keeps his political views close to the vest, but his past comments suggest he is moderate to conservative.
O’Rourke’s announcement earlier this month that he will seek the governor’s office marks the beginning of a third term in as many election cycles.
He erupted as a party phenom in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, only to shut down just eight months later as money and fanfare dried up. In 2018, his bid for the US Senate was defeated by incumbent Republican Ted Cruz.
In the new poll, respondents asked about a hypothetical match between Abbott and McConaughey, who preferred the actor, 43 percent to 35 percent, while the rest said they weren’t sure.
When asked about a race between McConaughey and O’Rourke, who recently announced he wants to run next year, McConaughey won 49 percent to 27 percent.
However, in a three-way race with all candidates competing, the majority favored Abbott, who got 37 percent support for McConaughey’s 27 percent and O’Rourke’s 27 percent.