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Incumbent governor Greg Abbott secures re-election over Lupe Valdez

Incumbent governor Greg Abbott secures re-election over Lupe Valdez

Incumbent governor Greg Abbott secures re-election over Lupe Valdez
November 07
01:21 2018

Texas election authorities declared Governor Greg Abbott the winner of Texas’s gubernatorial election on Tuesday night. Abbott won re-election over Democratic candidate Lupe Valdez by a margin of 13.77 percent.

At an election night meeting in Austin, Abbott delivered a victory speech calling for unity and perseverance in Texas.

“Whether you voted for me or against me or didn’t vote at all, I’m going to go to work every single day working for everybody in this great state,” Abbott said. “It is time for all of us to unite under the best banner of them all, and that is the great flag of the Lone Star State.”

Abbott also laid out several key areas in which he believes both Texas Democrats and Republicans can work together.

“As Texans, the bonds that we share transcend our differences,” Abbott said. “We all want more jobs, we all want better schools, and we all want to give our children lives worthy of their promise. These priorities are bigger than any political party because first and foremost, we are Texans.”

Abbott’s campaign viewpoints ran the typical gamut of conservative politics, advocating for pro-life legislation, Second Amendment protections and enhanced border security.

Analysts predicted Abbott would safely gain re-election, with pre-Election Day polls consistently placing him ahead of Valdez throughout the campaign season.

Abbott’s win marks the seventh Republican victory in the Texas gubernatorial election since 1994, when former Republican President George W. Bush unseated Democrat Ann Richards for the position.

Since then, Democrats have had difficulties gaining seats in Texas executive offices, though Valdez displayed stark differences from past Democratic candidates. Valdez was the Latino and openly gay gubernatorial candidate for the state of Texas.

Even after her defeat, Valdez addressed her supporters with positive messages over Twitter.

“Together we have proven that this state and its people are ready for a future where everyone can prosper, not just a wealthy few,” Valdez said in a tweet. “Thank you, Texas. Thank you for a year that has belonged to all of us.”

Abbott’s re-election sets him to hold the office until at least Jan. 2023.

Featured Image: Courtesy Twitter

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