Texas Governor-Elect Abbott Begins Transition

Republican governor-elect Greg Abbott says he is starting his transition into office by discussing Ebola with state health officials.

Abbott said Wednesday he has also begun meeting with top lawmakers a day after his landslide victory over Democrat Wendy Davis. His 20-point victory was the biggest in a Texas governor's race since George W. Bush coasted to re-election in 1998.

Abbott said sweeping Election Day victories for Republicans across the U.S. sent a message about policy priorities. When he takes office in January, Abbott says he will put jobs, schools and border security at the top of his agenda.

Democrats have begun chalking up Tuesday night's rout to Davis running in a midterm cycle that the GOP dominated nationwide. Top Abbott advisers are dismissing that as an excuse.

NBC5's Julie Fine contributed to this report.

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