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Beto rallies Abilene supporters as the polls show Abbott’s lead widening

Sheridan Wood
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke speaking to crowd at his rally in Abilene.

Beto O’Rourke has been making a concerted push to energize his supporters, and reach those who still haven’t made up their minds, in the days leading up to the start of early voting. He made a final stop in Abilene over the weekend. In the past 11 months, the Democratic candidate for the state's top office has brought his campaign to Abilene five times. In one final push to get Texas voters to earn their “I voted” sticker for the November 8th election, O’Rourke delivered high-energy speeches in 12 Texas cities over nine consecutive days.

Even so, some polls show Governor Greg Abbott is widening the gap. The most recent UT poll, shows O’Rourke to be 11 points behind the incumbent. Previously, O’Rourke was only down five.

“What I know is that if the same group of voters shows up in this election as shows up in every election, those polls are probably going to be right. So what we’re doing is reaching out to voters who otherwise wouldn’t participate in election,” O’Rourke told supporters in Abilene Friday night.

O’Rourke says that if all the people who show up to support his campaign show up to the voting booths, he has confidence that he will be Texas’ first Democratic Governor in nearly 30 years.

Early voting for the general election begins across the state today.

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