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Texas governor Greg Abbott wins reelection

Texas governor Greg Abbott wins reelection
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) won reelection on Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez. 

Abbott, 60, cruised to a second term with a victory over Valdez, who previously served as the Dallas County sheriff. Abbott held a sizable lead in most polls throughout the race in a state that has not elected a Democratic governor since 1990.

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As a result, Abbott spent much of the campaign stumping for more imperiled GOP candidates throughout the state.

Abbott has been a staunch supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE, who won Texas by 9 percentage points in the 2016 election.

Prior to running for governor, Abbott served as the state’s attorney general from 2002-2015.