A new Greg Abbott ad which came out yesterday encouraged Texans to vote in the governor’s race today as early voting continues, according to his website. Abbott, who spoke at Stanley’s Barbecue in Wichita Falls, Texas, this past week, is a native of this city near the Red River.
Early voting locations in Wichita Falls include Home Depot, Sikes Senter Mall and the Wichita County Courthouse on Lamar Street.
Abbott will be the first native of Wichita Falls elected governor if he prevails on Election Day which is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Wichita Falls resident James V. Allred was elected governor in the 1930s. He was a native of Bowie, Texas.
Abbott, who was accompanied by Republican nominee for Attorney General Ken Paxton, during his stop at Stanley’s Barbecue, is running to fill the position of governor. Current governor Rick Perry is not running for re-election although there has been talk along the political grapevines that he may run for President of the United States in 2016.
Paxton said he admired Abbott during his introduction and that he could make an argument the Wichita Falls native has been the best attorney general during his lifetime. Abbott has also received the ringing endorsement of the NRA in his bid for governor. The NRA support is based partly on Abbott’s defense of Second Amendment rights of Americans all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Abbott has defended the rights of law-abiding Texans to carry arms to protect themselves on a consistent basis both as Texas Attorney General and also during his historic campaign for governor.
Abbott also has garnered endorsements from many in the law enforcement community including CLEAT and this week the San Antonio Police Officers Association. His website includes a list of many of the law enforcement agencies which have endorsed him in this election.
Abbott, a devout Christian, has also received support from many church leaders. He stepped in recently and requested the Houston City Attorney withdraw subpoenas issued on Oct. 15 for sermons and other communications of pastors in Texas’ largest city. Mayor Annise Parker announced yesterday the subpoenas were being withdrawn. Abbott also successfully argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court that Texas be allowed to maintain its Ten Commandment monument on State Capitol grounds in Austin. His grandfather was a pastor in Electra, Texas.
Chuck Norris, martial arts expert, also endorsed Abbott recently, according to the Washington Times. Norris starred in the popular television series “Walker, Texas Ranger” and the movie “The Way of the Dragon” with Bruce Lee. Abbott joked, “I’ve got a two-word plan to secure our borders. And those two words are ‘Chuck Norris.”‘
Abbott has also supported the Texas Voter Registration law which requires photo identification at the polls. The law is designed to prevent voter fraud. The most famous allegation of voter fraud in Texas revolved around the Lyndon Johnson-Coke Stevenson battle for U.S. Senator in 1952. Several cemetery residents allegedly voted in that hotly-contested race.
Abbott’s wife Cecilia would become the first Latina first lady in the history of Texas if Abbott is elected governor. They are both Christians.
Today is the last day Texans may avoid the normally longer lines of Elelction Day by early voting. Those who don’t early vote may still vote Tuesday, Nov. 4.
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