Greg Abbott re-elected as Texas Governor

    FILE - In this May 4, 2018, file photo, Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum in Dallas. Abbott will face Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez in their only debate on Friday night, Sept. 28, 2018. Valdez is the former sheriff of Dallas County and would become Texas’ first Hispanic and openly gay governor if elected. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

    Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has won a second term after an uneventful race against Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez.

    Abbott's re-election was seldom in doubt. Republicans have won every governor's race in Texas since 1994, starting with George W. Bush and continuing with Rick Perry and now Abbott.

    Valdez is a former sheriff in Dallas who would have been Texas' first openly gay, Hispanic governor. But she struggled to raise money and support, and her race was overshadowed in Texas by Democrat Beto O'Rourke's high-profile run for Senate.

    The 60-year-old Abbott is the nation's only governor who uses a wheelchair. He was paralyzed from the waist down after a tree fell on him as a young law student.

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