On Tuesday night, the gubernatorial race was called for Gov. Greg Abbott.
Abbott thereby secured a third term in office, beating Robert “Beto” O’Rourke. Abbott joins former Gov. Rick Perry as the only Texas governors to have won three terms.
O’Rourke has now lost three straight bids for office. He previously ran for the Democrat nomination for U.S. president in 2020 and for U.S. Senate in 2018. He recently came under fire for supporting open border policies, trying to register dead voters, and pushing gun control measures in the wake of the Uvalde massacre.
Abbott has also highlighted O’Rourke’s soft-on-crime policies and support for defunding the police in the lead-up to the election. As crime rises in Texas’ Democrat-led areas, Texans are clearly fed up with Democrat’s catch-and-release bail policies.
Meanwhile, Abbott is expected to push for eliminating school property taxes and school choice legislation in the upcoming legislative session, while O’Rourke pledged to reject any effort to “remove public tax dollars” from public schools.
With the 2023 legislative session beginning in January, Abbott will be expected to carry out his campaign promises to voters, particularly as issues such as failing schools, high taxes, and the open border continue.