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AP: Abbott wins 2nd term in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott won a second term Tuesday in one of Texas’ most uneventful races for governor in decades, despite the headwinds of Democratic enthusiasm nationally and U.S. Senate challenger Beto O’Rourke awakening liberal voters at home.

Similar forces put the GOP’s grip on governorships in Georgia, Florida and Wisconsin on the defense. But in Texas, Abbott’s re-election was seldom in doubt against Democrat Lupe Valdez, a former sheriff who was running to become the state’s first Latina and openly gay governor.