As Beto O’Rourke mulls future, Gov. Greg Abbott lurches into full campaign mode

As Beto O'Rourke mulls future, Gov. Greg Abbott lurches into full campaign mode

Greg Abbott shakes hands at an event in Corpus Christi earlier this month. While Democrat Beto O’Rourke keeps the political world waiting, Gov. Greg Abbott is striking early in ruby red conservative bastions with his reelection campaign to shore up his defenses and make his pitch directly to Hispanic voters. In the last week, Abbott has made campaign stops in Midland and Corpus Christi at events sponsored by Hispanic Republican groups where he has slammed Democrats for promoting what he calls socialist economic policies that threaten the Texas economy. “Here’s the deal: We know that Hispanics, they support the high-paying energy sector jobs that we have in Texas. And you support energy independence for the United States of America,” said Abbott, who twice during his speech reminded the crowd of more than 200 people that his wife, Cecilia Abbott, is Hispanic. “We see Joe Biden and the Democrats killing those high-paying energy jobs.” And it didn’t take long for Abbott to zero in on O’Rourke, the El Paso Democrat who still hasn’t announced whether he’s getting into the race. O’Rourke, 49, has to decide by Dec. 13, the deadline for Republicans and Democrats to file papers to get on March 1 primary ballots. Saturday: Candidate qualifying period began Dec. 13: Candidate qualifying period ends Jan. 15: Overseas and military ballots are sent out for the primary elections Jan. 31: Last day to register to vote in the primary elections Feb. 14: Early voting begins for the primary elections Feb. […]

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