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5 hr 35 min ago

CNN projection: Texas Democratic attorney general primary will proceed to runoff

From CNN’s Ethan Cohen

The Texas Democratic primary for attorney general will proceed to a runoff, CNN projects.

Rochelle Garza will advance to the runoff, but the second spot is too early to call.

5 hr 40 min ago

CNN projection: Texas GOP attorney general primary will proceed to runoff

The Texas Republican primary for attorney general will proceed to a runoff, CNN projects.

Incumbent Ken Paxton will advance to the runoff, but the second spot is too early to call.

6 hr 22 min ago

Trump-backed incumbents survive primary challenges

From CNN’s Jessica Estepa

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Comptroller Glenn Hegar will win their respective primaries, CNN projected on Tuesday. The Republicans were both backed by former President Donald Trump.

Their projected wins came alongside Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s projected victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Abbott, too, was endorsed by Trump.

While none of these primaries were particularly competitive, they still highlight Trump’s influence over the Republican Party. Trump has sought to play GOP kingmaker since leaving office, and his endorsement is coveted in Republican primaries across the country.

7 hr 37 min ago

CNN projection: Greg Abbott will win the Texas gubernatorial Republican primary

From CNN’s Rachel Janfaza

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will win the Republican gubernatorial primary, CNN projects.

Seeking his third-term as Texas’ top executive, Abbott fended off a primary challenge from seven Republican candidates including Don Huffines, a former state senator, and Allen West, a former Florida congressman and former chairman of the Texas Republican Party.

Buoyed by name recognition, a massive campaign war chest, and the backing of former President Donald Trump, Abbott – who got his start in Texas politics as a state district judge before serving on the Texas Supreme Court and as state attorney general – was the heavy favorite to secure the GOP nomination.

He spent most of his primary campaign attacking, Beto O’Rourke – the former Texas congressman who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate in 2018 and the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. O’Rourke also will win his party’s nomination, CNN projected on Tuesday night.

7 hr 34 min ago

CNN projection: Beto O’Rourke will win the Texas gubernatorial Democratic primary

From CNN’s Rachel Janfaza and Eric Bradner

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Beto O’Rourke will win the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Texas, CNN projects.

O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate in 2018 and the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, was heavily favored to come out on top Tuesday. In doing so, he defeated candidates Inocencio Barrientez, Michael Cooper, Joy Diaz and Rich Wakeland to secure the Democratic nomination.

O’Rourke shot to stardom with a near-miss Senate campaign in 2018 against GOP Sen. Ted Cruz. But his failed 2020 Democratic presidential primary run left his national brand badly dented in the eyes of many within the party.

Still, O’Rourke remains popular among Democrats on his home turf — building a following in Texas much larger than any other Democrat in a generation. In between his campaigns, he has remained active, campaigning for state legislative candidates and activating his volunteers when the state’s power grid failed last winter.

Yet, Republicans argue that many of the positions he took during that run, including advocating for mandatory assault weapon buybacks, will hurt him in Texas.

Anticipating the likely match up, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott – who was projected by CNN to win his party’s primary on Tuesday night  – spent most of his primary campaign attacking O’Rourke, using the Democratic politician’s left-leaning policy proposals as campaign fodder.

Abbott’s campaign has accused O’Rourke of flip-flopping and backtracking on comments he made about the southern border, guns and the Green New Deal while running for president in 2020.

A poll of registered Texas voters conducted in late January and early February by the University of Texas/Texas Politics Project found Abbott leading O’Rourke by 10 percentage points in a likely match-up, 47% to 37%.

And even though O’Rourke has largely kept pace in fundraising since entering the race in November, Abbott, a two-term governor, currently has a massive financial advantage, with about $50 million in the bank to O’Rourke’s $6.8 million as of Feb. 20, campaign finance records show.

7 hr 48 min ago

Polls are closing statewide in Texas

Polls are now closing statewide in Texas.

Two big-name Republicans, Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton, are seeking to beat back challenges from the right. I

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