In a crushing blow, Texas’s Republican Gov. Gregg Abbott cruised to a third term victory this week against former Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
Third loss for O’Rourke in four years
According to Fox News, Abbott had taken 54.87% of the vote as of Wednesday morning with 97% of the state reporting. In contrast, O’Rourke had just 43.6% of ballots cast.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 9, 2022
This represents O’Rourke’s third major loss in four years. In 2018, the former congressman failed in his attempt to challenge Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
That was in turn followed by a doomed attempt to secure his party’s presidential nomination which saw O’Rourke drop out of the race in November of 2019.
Abbott improves his showing among Hispanic voters in South Texas
For his part, Abbott appears to have improved on his 2018 showing among voters in Texas’ heavily Hispanic Rio Grande Valley.
Abbott delivered a victory speech in downtown Austin on Tuesday evening, saying, “I want to say thank you to the people of Texas for reelecting me to be governor of the greatest state in the United States of America.”
“Thank you for your trust,” he went on, adding, “Know this: I will never stop fighting for you and your families as we continue to make Texas the premier state in America.”
“Now we all know that this past year has been filled with campaigns that have battled under different banners. It has been the red team versus the blue team. Well now that elections are over and the people have spoken, it is time for all of us to unite under the best of them all, and that is the great flag of the Lone Star State–the Texas flag,” Abbott concluded.