Abbott Wins GOP Nomination For Texas Governor

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SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM) – Greg Abbott won the Republican Party nomination for governor in a landslide, easily beating his three challengers as widely predicted.

Ever since he entered the race to succeed Governor Rick Perry, the state’s longest serving governor after 14 years, analysts have said it was Abbott’s race to lose.

Abbott spoke to hundreds of his supporters at Aldoco’s Mexican Cuisine in St. Paul Square in downtown San Antonio near the Alamodome and Tower of the Americas.  San Antonio is where he married his wife Cecilia, and where he kicked off his campaign.

He told the crowd here that it’s important to attract Hispanics to the Republican party.

Abbott predicts he’ll beat Democrat Wendy Davis this November and that his wife will become the First Latina to be the First Lady of Texas.

He says his family is like so many others in Texas.

“The blending of cultures in the Lone Star State works,” Abbott said. “We are one people. We are all Texans, and we unite at the common ground of faith, of family, and of freedom.”

Contrast Abbott’s remarks with some of the strong criticism against illegal immigration by Republicans in other races statewide.

Abbott says he’ll fight to keep Texas going in the right direction — and he ties Davis to President Barack Obama and his policies that he says hurt Texas.

From the beginning of his race, Abbott has attacked Davis and the Democratic party, and hasn’t even mentioned his Republican challengers.’  Analysts said he didn’t have to.

The Abbott campaign knows it’s in a tough fight against Davis, who has raised millions of dollars from supporters in ‘Texas and nationwide.

Some of President Obama’s former campaign staff is now in the Lone Star State, as part of the group Battleground Texas, which hopes to turn Texas Democratic as quickly as possible.  Abbott and his supporters are determined to keep Texas red.

He has amassed a large campaign war chest, with $30 million cash on hand.  That’s almost triple the amount Davis’ $11.3 million,

The race between Abbott and Davis is now officially on and will grow more intense over the next eight months.

Follow Reporter Jack Fink on Twitter: @cbs11jack.

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