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Monday, November 4, 2013

Abbott's Set for Governor Move, Attorney Joe B Garza Explains


With Rick Perry moving on, Texans will elect a new governor in 2014. The current Attorney General of Texas, Greg Abbott, announced in July that he would run. He will have several advantages in the race. First, he has held the office since 2002. Because he has not faced a formidable appointment in his previous contests, he has accumulated a war chest that stood as $18 million as of the end of 2012. He enjoys a name-recognition advantage due to the office he holds and the legal victories the Perry administration has achieved against the federal Environmental Protection Agency. He has a distinguished political résumé; among other things, he has served as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court. He has a compelling personal story; he has succeeded despite suffering an injury as a young man that forces him to use a wheelchair. Finally, if he prevails against Tom Pauken, a former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, in the Republican primary, he will run against a Democrat for the office of governor in a conservative state where Democrats have not won an election for a state-wide office since 1994.

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