Greg Abbott will be elected to a third term as governor of Texas

According to NBC predictions, Republican Greg Abbott will be elected to a third term as governor of Texas, defeating Democrat Beto O’Rourke. The second-longest-serving governor in Texas is Abbott.

According to pre-election day polls, Abbott was ahead by 2 to 13 percentage points. Abbott triumphed in his prior contests in 2014 and 2018 by margins of 20,4% and 13,3%, respectively.
Both candidates worked hard to get their respective parties fired up about topics including the economy, public safety, the border between the United States and Mexico, and education during the campaign season.

Gov. Abbott has praised actions under his flagship program, Operation Lone Star, which he launched in March 2021 to assist stop illegal immigration, when it comes to border security. O’Rourke wants to change the family reunification system and provide immigrants with a road to citizenship.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, Abbott has generally avoided discussing the issue, while O’Rourke and Democrats have focused their criticism of Texas Republicans for enacting laws that make abortion almost impossible in the Lone Star State.

Following the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, when a shooter killed 19 students and two teachers, the issue of gun violence resurfaced during the summer. Following the incident, Abbott has repeatedly asserted that he thinks the focus of solutions should be on mental health reform rather than limiting the 2nd Amendment.

O’Rourke was constantly criticized by the governor’s campaign for his prior views on gun control. The Democrat campaigned on abolishing Texas’ permitless carry legislation, raising the age requirement to buy AR-15-style rifles, which are frequently used in mass shootings, and eliminating the gap for private sales background checks.

After the February 2021 winter storm left millions of Texans without power for days and the grid was only minutes from collapsing, worries about the state of Texas’ power grid surfaced. The O’Rourke campaign, which has charged that the incumbent is to accountable for the grid’s collapse, has at times benefited from this problem. According to O’Rourke, the governor has not done enough to stop further grid failure, and he has put up his own ideas for restoring the system. Abbott has cited a number of bills he signed to strengthen the grid.

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