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Gov. Abbott begins re-election bid as Democratic candidate emerges


The following is from the July 14, 2017, edition of CBS 11 News. SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson provided expertise for this story.

July 18, 2017

By Jack Fink

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott launched his re-election campaign in San Antonio Friday, the same city he kicked-off his first campaign four years ago.

He told the crowd, “To keep Texas the best state in the United States, I’m running for re-election for Governor of the great state of Texas.” . . .

SMU Political Science Professor Matthew Wilson says Abbott is a sure bet for re-election. “He is as close to a lock as you can be. He’s had a very strong, largely uncontroversial tenure in office so far.”

Wilson says it’s also difficult for Democrats to win statewide in Texas.

But Democrat Jeffrey Payne of Dallas says he’s going to try.  . . .

Wilson says the Texas Democratic Party will find others who have political experience to run against Abbott. “Whoever’s going to be the Democratic nominee, is going to be someone either who is a celebrity or someone with a significant record.”

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