Texas' New Governor Not the Same Kind of Cowboy

The election of a new Texas governor usually means the arrival of another Lone Star archetype--boots-wearing, backslapping and big on swagger about the state's outsized importance.

But Republican Greg Abbott is a different brand of top Texan. 

Abbott, who scored a resounding 20-point victory over Democrat Wendy Davis, has a lower-key persona than his predecessors of the last two decades.

Democrats say they hope Abbott is less interested in divisive partisan battles than outgoing Gov. Rick Perry; some Republicans say they hope he is less likely to turn off certain voters, particularly Hispanics.

Abbott has said he wants the state to invest more in pre-K education and roads. Lawmakers say his detail-oriented approach may help him get more done in the Legislature than previous governors.

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