Texas Gov. Greg Abbott widens lead over Beto O’Rourke as voters focus on economy: poll
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SACRAMENTO – If anyone knows how to get the Republican base excited, it’s Texas Gov. Greg Abbott — especially since he’s running for president, and the two are often compared.
At the State Republican Convention, Abbott spent three days on the campaign trail taking full advantage of the invitation from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. He campaigned with an energized base before a crowd of more than 200,000 in the state capital, held three rallies in the final three days before the election and held back-to-back press conferences with Trump — one of them after the President held a town hall with him last week at the White House.
Abbott, who has been the state’s governor and attorney general since 2013, has been campaigning as close to the Republican Party as possible going into Texas’s May 23 election for governor and for senator.
In January, he made the decision to run for president to unite the party ahead of what’s expected to be a hard-fought campaign for the White House. There are no doubt more Republican-leaning voters in Texas, but Abbott has not yet been able to turn them away.
With a victory in the Lone Star State, he could help Republicans in Texas, Trump in the White House and the rest of the country in general — including those who did not vote for him.
As for the three-term congressman from El Paso, O’Rourke said he hopes he can win his Senate seat next year in Texas — where he’s been on the ballot only once.
“I hope I can win and I’ll do everything in my power to make sure I do,” O’Rourke told a crowd of his supporters last week at a Trump rally in Fort Worth.
In the race to the White House, the Democrats have been trying to use social media campaigns and high-profile endorsements to get their candidate to the front of voters’ minds. But Republicans have been relying on their candidate’s biography and background, as well as their