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Gov. Abbott Announces Re-Election Campaign, Will Run for Governor in 2018

Gov. Greg Abbott formally announced his campaign for re-election Friday in San Antonio.

Abbott promised a "major campaign announcement" at 3 p.m. on the fourth anniversary of a San Antonio event where he unveiled his original gubernatorial campaign.

During Friday's speech, Abbott touted his record over the last four years while laying out a vision to create a better future for Texans through 2022. He said he wanted to lower property taxes, reform the school finance system, fight human trafficking, create better employment for veterans and to continue to grow Texas' economy.

Abbott's seeking re-election isn't a surprise. His campaign war chest is worth $34-plus million. But who might challenge him is unclear. No major Democrat has yet expressed interest.

Some conservatives angered by Abbott's reluctance to embrace Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign say tea party-backed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick could challenge him during the 2018 Republican primary.

Patrick, who oversees the Texas Senate, insists he won't. But Patrick could still change his mind depending on what happens during the 30-day special legislative session beginning Tuesday.

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