Wichita Falls native and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will appear at Stanley’s Barbecue tomorrow (Saturday) from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. in a visit to his hometown during the homestretch of the governor’s race, according to his office. Abbott will be available to answer questions and visit with Wichitans.
Abbott will bring a 16-point lead in a recent governor’s race poll with him to this city of 105,000 within a stone’s throw of the Red River. The most recent poll was conducted by Texas Tribune/University of Texas. Another recent poll conducted by KHOU-TV of Houston showed Abbott with a similar 15-point lead. Real Clear Politics which averages five polls showed Abbott with a 13-point lead.
Only a Texas Lyceum Poll taken a couple of weeks ago showed Democratic rival Wendy Davis within single digits. Abbott had a nine-point margin in that poll taken before but released after the final debate.
Davis has dismissed the polls saying that polls showed David Dewhurst winning a race which he lost.
Abbott will be the first native Wichitan elected governor if those polls are accurate. James V. Allred, was a resident of Wichita Falls, when he was elected governor in the 1930s. Allred was born in Bowie, Texas.
Abbott has been busy this week defending pastors in Houston whose sermons, notes and other personal communications have been subpoenaed by the City Attorney of Houston. Democratic Mayor Annise Parker has denied the subpoenas are a violation of the pastors’ rights to free speech. Abbott sent a strongly-worded letter to the Houston City Attorney requesting those controversial subpoenas be withdrawn.
Abbott has been a strong supporter of the religious freedoms of Texans throughout his extraordinary career as Attorney General of Texas. When an atheist walked across the grounds of the Texas State Capitol and filed a lawsuit seeking to have a momument bearing the Ten Commandments on it removed, Abbott responded. He successfully argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court that Texas be allowed to retain the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Texas Capitol in Austin.
While Abbott has made a national name for himself supporting religious liberties of American citizens, Davis soared to national fame when she filibustered against a bill which would limit late term abortions. Davis’ 11-hour filibuster while clad in pink tennis shoes on the floor of the Texas Legislature prevented passage of the bill limiting abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. However, in a second special session the bill did pass and is now Texas law. An appeals court recently upheld the law as constitutional.
Abbott has clearly separated himself from Davis on the later term abortion bill. He is unabashedly pro-life and has said so throughout the campaign. He favored the anti-late abortion bill which Davis opposed.
People may vote now as early voting is taking place across the Lone Star State. Election Day is Nov. 4, slightly more than a week away. Those who want to avoid lines at the polls should vote early.
Unborn future Texans probably have more at stake in this election than any other group. Both candidates have made their positions clear on the issue of late term abortions. Texans should vote their consciences in this pivotal election.
Abbott will be available to answer questions from Texans at Stanley’s Barbecue in Wichita Falls from 12:30 until 2 p.m.
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