Elections

Texas Has A New Governor

The result came quickly and decisively soon after the polls closed.

Abbott during his victory speech
Greg Abbott during his victory speech

 

The first open race for Texas Governor in decades saw months of campaigning, two debates and more than $80 million in spending.

But the result came quickly and decisively soon after the polls closed.

Texas voters have elected a new Governor for the first time in fourteen years. And the next Governor of this great state Texas Greg Abbott.

The state’s top attorney celebrated his win at a music concert hall in downtown Austin. He soundly defeated Democrat candidate Wendy Davis.

The victory also capped yet another GOP sweep of statewide races.

Abbott shared with a thrilled audience what he told his opponent.

“Whether you voted for me, against me or didn’t vote at all, I am going to work every single day to keep Texas the best state in the United States of America,” said Abbott.

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Abbott says his priorities will be better schools, more jobs and safer communities, including security at the border.

But one of Abbot’s biggest challenges may come from a fellow Republican: the state’s newly elected lieutenant governor Dan Patrick.

Bob Stein is a political science professor at Rice University.

“Dan Patrick has arguably if not the second, maybe the most powerful position in state government. The governor has a line-item veto, but Dan Patrick really controls the throttle of all legislation as the presiding officer of the Senate.”

Stein says that among the first issues to test Abbott will likely be the state’s water supply and money for transportation.

Speaking in Fort Worth, a teary-eyed Wendy Davis told supporters that it’s OK to be disappointed, but not discouraged by her loss in the governor’s race. 

Davis called on Democrats to keep fighting for their values and candidates. She thanked her supporters for never backing down.

 

The Associated Press provided reporting for this story on Wendy Davis. 

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