According to forecasts made by the Associated Press, Republican Greg Abbott will serve as governor of Texas for another term after defeating his Democratic opponent, Beto O’Rourke, a former representative in the United States Congress.
Before becoming the Governor of Texas in 2015, Abbott, who is 64 years old, had a distinguished career on the Texas Supreme Court as well as in the role of Attorney General of the state.
It will help him even further progress his agenda, which concentrates on job creation, financing the police, and clamping immigration control. His win over O’Rourke, 50, on Tuesday will help him further advance his agenda.
O’Rourke, who had previously served in the House of Representatives for three terms before making a brief run for the presidency in 2020, campaigned on a platform that advocated for more stringent gun laws, increased funding for schools and teachers, and less restrictive abortion laws. He also ran for president in 2020.
On Tuesday, the election forecasting website FiveThirtyEight predicted that Abbott had a 98% probability of successfully defending his seat in the House of Representatives.
There were a number of controversial issues that O’Rourke was able to capitalize on in his campaign to unseat the incumbent. These include the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in May, which resulted in the loss of 19 children, and the decision by the Supreme Court in June to overturn Roe v. Wade, which removed the based on the constitutional right to abortion. Both of these events occurred in June.
Before it was found that more than 20 cops waited in the school corridor for close to an hour during the mass shooting, Abbott controversially lauded law enforcement for their efforts on the day of the mass shooting. This delay, which resulted in a loss, was caused by Abbott’s praise.
O’Rourke made it abundantly clear what his position was on the matter during the press conference that was given by Abbott in the aftermath of the shooting. He was escorted out of the room by security after approaching the podium, interrupting Abbott, and yelling “You’re doing nothing!” at the governor.
In the first video that O’Rourke released for his campaign, which was released in November of last year, he explained that the reason he wanted to run for governor was that he wanted to oppose the current leadership of the state, which was focused “on the kind of extremist policies — around abortion, or permitless carry, or even in our schools — that really only divide us.”
A significant component of the Democratic congressman’s platform included seeking to overturn the state’s abortion restriction, in addition to making improvements to existing laws governing gun control.
According to The Texas Tribune, Beto O’Rourke said, “Just imagine the shockwaves this will send if, for the first time in 32 years, Texas elects a Democrat as governor, a governor who won on the right of every woman to make her own decision about her own body, her own future, and her own health care.” O’Rourke was referring to the possibility that Texas could elect a Democrat for the first time in the office of governor for the first time in 32 years.
The midterm elections that took place on Tuesday were significant for the United States Congress as well. Prior to Tuesday, the Democrats controlled both the House of Representatives and the Senate.