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Gov. Greg Abbott wins second term, defeats Democrat Lupe Valdez

November 7, 2018

AUSTIN — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott won a second term, defeating Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez, according to projections by the Associated Press.

“I am deeply honored to continue serving the people of Texas as governor of our great state,” Abbott, 60, said in a statement. “We must always remember that what unites us as Texans is far greater than our differences. With the election behind us, it is time for us to work side by side to build a brighter future for every person in our state. Together, we will elevate Texas to even greater heights.”

As of 8:30 pm, Abbott was leading Valdez by a wide margin. But it was much slimmer than in 2014, when he defeated Democrat Wendy Davis by more than 20 percentage points.

Abbott out-raised Valdez, at one point counting a $40 million campaign war chest, and maintained a strong lead in polls. In the final week Abbott spent more time pressing voters to defeat Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke than he did talking about his own race. Abbott also pumped more than $1 million to vulnerable Republican candidates in state Senate and House races.

Valdez, the former Dallas County Sheriff, banked heavily on Democratic enthusiasm and never ran ads on television. Like most other statewide Democrats, she benefited from the spirited campaign of Beto O’Rourke, who turned out droves of voters in his bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

Valdez’s campaign didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

amorris@express-news.net

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