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Texas Gubernatorial Election Swings Big Cities Left, Smaller Cities and Rural Areas Swing Right

Austin (KXAN) — Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott won re-election easily He won his third term in the November 8 election, defeating Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke by double digits.

Abbott won nearly 55% of the statewide vote, while O’Rourke won about 44%.

Abbott received the most votes from Montgomery County, north of Houston, with a margin of victory of nearly 100,000 votes. He also won Parker, Denton, Smith, Colin, Comal, Lubbock, Randall, Johnson and Galveston counties by more than his 30,000 votes.

O’Rourke acquired major population centers in Harris, Dallas, Bexar, and Travis Counties, while Abbott acquired smaller cities such as Lubbock, Amarillo, Abilene, and Tyler, and also made profits in rural areas.

On the other hand, O’Rourke led by a large margin in Travis County, leading by six figures in both Dallas and Harris Counties, with 215,000 more votes than Abbott. Although he led by a wider margin in Bexar and El Paso counties, he was unable to overcome the vast majority of votes cast in Republican-leaning rural areas.

The final statewide margin was nearly 900,000 votes, or 11.14%.

That’s a slightly narrower gap than in the 2018 gubernatorial race, when Abbott led Democrat Lupe Valdes by 13.53%. In that race, Abbott’s margin over his main rival was over 1.1 million votes for him.

O’Rourke tightened his campaign slightly by improving Democrat numbers in the Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin metropolitan areas. The map below shows swings for each county.

Statewide, 205 counties leaned Republican and 49 counties leaned left.

Kauffman County, southeast of Dallas, shifted the farthest to the left, moving more than 11 percent in favor of the Democrats. His four counties – Travis, Williamson, Ellis and Bexar – swung left by more than 10 points.

Meanwhile, Abbott’s numbers improved in several parts of the state, including South Texas, West Texas, Panhandle and East Texas.

Thirty-five counties were off by more than 10 points to the right, and Zapata, Culberson, and Reeves counties were off by more than 20 points.

Zapata County, on the southern Texas border, gave Republicans a 26.42% swing from Valdez’s 20-point win in 2018 to Abbott’s 6.5-point win this year.

shift is reflected TRENDS IN THE RECENT ELECTION CYCLEmajor cities continue to move left while South Texas marches to the right.

https://www.kxan.com/news/your-local-election-hq/big-cities-swung-left-in-texas-governors-race-while-smaller-cities-rural-areas-moved-right/ Texas Gubernatorial Election Swings Big Cities Left, Smaller Cities and Rural Areas Swing Right

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