GOP’s Abbott wins 3rd term as Texas governor, beats O’Rourke

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Abbott wins Texas governor
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shakes hands with a supporter as he arrives to speak during an election night campaign event Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has won a third term following one of the most expensive races of the 2022 midterm elections.

Abbott’s defeat of Democrat Beto O’Rourke on Tuesday extends decades of GOP dominance in Texas.

The victory underlined Abbott’s durability

The victory underlined Abbott’s durability after a record spending that topped more than $200 million. Abbott capitalized on anxieties about crime and inflation against a hard-charging rival who took up the fight for voters soured by the Uvalde school massacre and the deadly failure of the state’s power grid in 2021.

 Abbott wins Texas governor

Abbott strengthened his position as a potential 2024 Republican presidential contender and secured his place as the state’s second-longest serving governor.