As one of the biggest college football rivalries takes place between the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Republican rivals will be kicking off a six-figure television campaign. 

Former State Sen. Don Huffines, who launched his campaign against Abbott in May, announced the release of a 30-second television spot titled “Stop the Invasion,” which takes aim at Abbott’s inaction on the southern border crisis.

“When I’m your Republican governor, we will stop the illegal invasion in Texas. I’m not asking permission from the federal government,” Huffines says in the ad, a reference to Abbott’s repeated requests to President Joe Biden to declare a federal emergency on the border.

“As governor, I will stop the illegal invasion of Texas. Greg Abbott is a failed leader who has broken his promise to protect Texans by securing the Texas border. Our campaign to hold Greg Abbott accountable and retire him from public office only gains momentum as more and more Texans realize this truth. He can try to hide behind Joe Biden all he wants, but Texans are smarter than he thinks,” said Huffines.

The campaign says the “aggressive” media buy will begin in 15 markets across the state. 

Huffines is joined in challenging Abbott in the Republican primary by Allen West and Chad Prather, who have all targeted the governor for the thousands of illegal aliens that have surged across the southern border. Huffines says he is taking the lead.

“Our campaign is driving the entire discussion around the Texas border and many other issues,” said Huffines. “There is more to come; this is only the beginning.”

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens