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Texas Governor Greg Abbott He announced that he had run for re-election before the 2022 gubernatorial election.
Abbott said in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday as he promoted the more than 20,000 signatures he obtained for the ballot.
While there was little doubt that Abbott would seek a third term as governor, the current Republican face criticism Inside his party, he faces several contenders ahead of the March Republican primary.
One of Abbott’s main rivals is Texas Republican Senator Don Hoffins, who has in the past targeted the governor for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Well, we don’t have Donald Trump as governor. We don’t have Ron DeSantis as governor. We don’t have William B. Travis as governor. Unfortunately, we have a professional politician that’s a political wind, A RINO,” Hoffins said during an appearance at CPAC earlier this year. .
Hoffins went on to accuse Abbott of tearing up “our constitution,” arguing that the governor’s pandemic policies “put 3 million Texans unemployed and dependent on the government in a single day.”
If Abbott makes it through the primaries, his potential Democratic challenger is the former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who made a failed bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, and a failed bid for the US Senate in 2018.
a A recent opinion poll Abbott showed a comfortable lead in a hypothetical game with O’Rourke, garnering the support of 46% of registered voters in Texas compared to 37% who said they would support O’Rourke.
Abbott officially began his campaign by pledging to secure the border with Mexico and support law enforcement.
“I want you to know that I am running for re-election to protect and secure our borders. I am running for re-election to support our police officers in the great state of Texas. I am running to ensure Texas remains a job-creating machine, leading the United States in jobs,” Abbott said in his video announcement. “Working together, we will keep Texas the best state in the USA.”