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 TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values 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.