AUSTIN, Texas — The good news keeps coming for Greg Abbott, Texas’ Attorney General and the heavy favorite to be the state’s next governor. After a week of negative backlash against an attack ad run by his Democratic opponent, State Senator Wendy Davis, Abbott enjoyed a bump in fundraising, website traffic, and volunteer sign-ups, and now has the endorsement of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Davis’ hometown paper.
The Star-Telegram described their endorsement as one that “must hinge on leadership,” naming Abbott as “[t]he candidate best able to outline and articulate an inclusive vision for all Texans and then lead the state in that direction.” The Fort Worth editorial board also praised Abbott’s detailed policy proposals that are “far more robust” than Davis’, mentioning the “series of thoughtful and thorough policy prescriptions for education, transportation and healthcare, among other topics” on Abbott’s website.
Abbott won also high marks from the Star-Telegram for being the candidate best suited to continue Texas’ economic boom. “[I]t is on the economy where the case for Abbott is strongest. Texas has enjoyed significant growth and prosperity, and Abbott, as a small-government conservative, is best positioned to inspire confidence in the business community.”
The paper also noted the difference in styles between the two candidates, describing Abbott as someone who “has worked to build support in the Hispanic community, seeking common ground on social and economic issues,” while Davis “has run a campaign that is surprisingly divisive and isolating.”
The Star-Telegram endorsement followed another endorsement of Abbott by the Dallas Morning News that was posted late Thursday. The Morning News praised Abbott as “the candidate most capable of sustaining the state’s economic success and holding in check growing extremism in the state GOP.” The paper, certainly not considered a conservative news outlet, noted Davis’ “progressive promise” and “alignment with this newspaper on many issues,” but criticized her for having no price tag for her education package, pointing out Abbott’s “more realistic, phased expansion” plans for pre-K and detailed budget specifics, “the hallmark of an organized leader.”
Election Day is November 4, and early voting begins October 20. As reported by Breitbart Texas, Texas’ Voter ID law will be enforced this election, pursuant to a ruling by the United States Supreme Court issued early Saturday.
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