Texas election: O’Rourke faces uphill battle against Abbott in governor’s race

dfwnewsa | November 8, 2022 | 0 | politics , Texas Politics

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — In the runup to Tuesday’s midterm elections amid global economic uncertainty and ongoing turmoil at the southern border, Gov. Greg Abbott has been firm in his messaging on these issues while his Democratic challenger has sought to find pointed attacks against the incumbent that resonate with voters. 

See election results below after polls close at 7 p.m. CT

Before the polls opened, the two candidates participated in only one debate, hosted by Nexstar, to talk about their stances on issues important to Texans. 

Voters will also see two other candidates on their ballot: Libertarian Mark Tippetts and the Green Party’s Delilah Barrios

Where Abbot, O’Rourke stand on key issues

Throughout the campaign season, both candidates worked to mobilize their respective parties on issues like the economy, public safety, the U.S./Mexico border and education. 

Abbott has largely avoided the topic of abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, while O’Rourke and Democrats have honed in on their attacks against Texas Republicans for laws that limit access to the procedure to the point of abortion being virtually inaccessible in the Lone Star state. 

In regards to border security, Gov. Abbott has touted initiatives under his signature policy, Operation Lone Star, which he started in March 2021 top help curb illegal immigration. O’Rourke wants to give migrants a path to citizenship and reform the family reunification system.  

Polls have largely favored Republicans over Democrats on the issue of border security and immigration.

The topic of gun violence gained renewed traction over the summer, after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24. In the aftermath, Abbott has consistently said he believes solutions should be focused on mental health reform, not restricting the 2nd Amendment.

The governor’s campaign consistently attacked O’Rourke for previous stances on gun restrictions. During this campaign cycle, the Democrat focused on repealing Texas’ permitless carry law, raising the age limit needed to purchase AR-15 style weapons — often the firearm of choice in mass shootings — and closing the private sales background check loophole. 

Concern over Texas’ power grid arose after the February 2021 winter storm left millions of Texans without power for days and the grid was minutes away from total collapse. At times, this issue gave momentum to the O’Rourke campaign, which has blamed the incumbent for the grid’s failure. O’Rourke has said the governor has not done enough to prevent future grid failure, and proposed his own policies for fixing the grid. Abbott has pointed to a series of laws he signed to make the grid more effective. 

Overall, the Abbott campaign has worked to tie O’Rourke to President Joe Biden, whose approval ratings remain consistently low amongTexans. As the challenger, O’Rourke has had to play defense, trying to make the case to voters that the state is not better off than when Abbott was first elected in 2015. 

The Abbott campaign will host its election watch party in McAllen, an area in the politically contentious Rio Grande Valley — a longtime Democratic-stronghold which Republicans have been heavily competing for during this election cycle. O’Rourke will host his election watch party in his hometown of El Paso, a district that elected him to Congress.

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