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Abbott Wins GOP Nomination for Texas Governor



    Attorney General Greg Abbott beat three opponents to win the GOP nomination for Texas governor. Next, he'll face Democratic nominee Wendy Davis in the November election. (Published Tuesday, March 4, 2014)

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is the first new Republican nominee for the state's governor in more than a decade.

    Abbott coasted Tuesday night to a primary victory against three largely unknown challengers. The win had been considered a foregone conclusion since Abbott announced his bid to replace Gov. Rick Perry, who isn't seeking re-election after 14 years.

    Abbott already has spent months attacking his November opponent, Democrat Wendy Davis, whose primary also was uncompetitive.

    The 56-year-old Abbott has been attorney general since 2003 and is a former Texas Supreme Court justice. His ambitions to succeed Perry were no secret while spending years stockpiling more than $20 million in campaign cash for a gubernatorial run.

    Other GOP gubernatorial candidates were political unknowns Lisa Fritsch, Miriam Martinez and Larry Kilgore.