Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has attracted nationwide attention in recent years for his stance on issues from abortion to COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
This week, he announced that he intends to throw his hat in the ring for another term in the governor’s mansion.
“I’m here today to officially sign the paperwork to run for re-election as governor of the great state of Texas,” he said on Tuesday, according to Fox News.
“To protect and secure our border”
The statement came in the form of a video clip posted to Twitter in which he explained that he has already secured more than the 20,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot.
As for his platform in next year’s campaign, he provided a preview of his message.
“I want you to know I am running for re-election to protect and secure our border,” Abbott said. “I’m running for re-election to support our police officers in the great state of Texas. And I am running to ensure that Texas remains a job-creation machine, leading the United States in job opportunity. Working together, we will keep Texas the best state in the United States of America.”
If successful, it would be Abbott’s third term in office. Of course, he is expected to face multiple GOP challengers in the primary election before he squares off against a Democratic rival.
“A career politician that’s a political windsock”
Among the leading early contenders is state Sen. Don Huffines, a Republican who accused the governor of being a Republican in name only.
During a conservative conference last year, Huffines declared: “Well, we don’t have a Donald Trump as governor. We don’t have [Florida Gov.] Ron DeSantis as governor. We don’t have [Texas military commander] William B. Travis as governor. Unfortunately, we’ve got a career politician that’s a political windsock, a RINO.”
In the general election, Abbott’s biggest challenge might come from former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who lost a 2018 Senate bid and the Democratic presidential primary race two years later.
While most polls show O’Rourke at the top of the Democratic Party’s list of gubernatorial candidates, the same surveys show he has little chance of beating Abbott in a head-to-head election.
The race will kick off with a primary election scheduled for March.