Texas Governor Greg Abbott officially announced his reelection campaign over the weekend in front of a large crowd in the Rio Grande Valley.
Before a likely general-election battle against Democrat Beto O’Rourke, Abbott must compete in the March 1 Republican primary against former Texas GOP Chair Allen West, former state Sen. Don Huffines, and BlazeTV Host Chad Prather.
In his announcement at his campaign’s Hispanic Leadership Summit in McAllen, the governor briefly acknowledged the primary, stating: “We need a proven winner who will fight to secure Texas’ future.”
He went on to emphasize border policies and lower taxes for property and business owners, as well as the significance of the Rio Grande Valley for the 2022 election.
“I’m back in the Rio Grande Valley so much because I care so much about this region,” Abbott said. “In fact, I have been to the Rio Grande Valley, more than any other governor in the history of Texas.”
The governor also addressed his likely opponent in the general election, Democrat Beto O’Rourke. His “Wrong Way O’Rourke” campaign push has released a handful of attack ads on the Democrat’s positions on police defunding, the Green New Deal, illegal immigration, firearms, and Medicare-for-All.
“Mark my words, freedom is on the ballot,” Abbott said on Saturday.