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Abbott Wins GOP Nomination for Texas Governor

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014  |  Updated 10:44 PM CDT
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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.

Julie Fine, NBC 5 News

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.

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Abbott Accepts GOP Nomination

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott accepts the GOP nomination for Texas Governor.
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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.
 

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