Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) isn’t worried about his home state becoming a swing state anytime soon.
During the 2016 elections, former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) ran a close race against Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), leaving some to wonder if the Republican stronghold of Texas was up for grabs in 2020.
Although the race between O’Rourke and Cruz felt close for the state of Texas, it really wasn’t when you consider that O’Rourke brought in more money than any Senate race in U.S. history and still lost by 2.6% and more than 200,000 votes.
Still, many Republicans are worried about Texas in 2020. President Donald Trump’s reelection support is 50-50, according to a recent poll from the Texas Tribune.
While some are worried about Texas, Gov. Abbott didn’t seem concerned at all. During an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Abbott claimed that Texas would stay “deep red” and reelect President Trump.
Watch Abbott’s comments:
“You know, in the same election [as O’Rourke and Cruz], I won by double digits. Listen the state of Texas will remain red. The president is going to win the state of Texas and we will continue to dominate. Know this, and that it has been something like 24 years or more than that since a statewide candidate won who was not a Republican. So, Texas is a dark Red State and will stay that way.”
Abbott also discussed the successful legislative session he just had with the Texas legislature, passing 927 bills. The Texas state legislature only meets for 140 days, every other year. This year, they passed an average of more than six bills per day.
As IJR previously reported, Gov. Abbott cranked out several pro-liberty bills, including the abolition of red light cameras, access to beer delivery, and protections for young entrepreneurs with lemonade stands.
In addition to the light-hearted bills, Abbott also secured more funding for public schools in Texas and lowered property taxes.