‘Get out and vote.’ Gov. Greg Abbott makes campaign stop in San Angelo ahead of primary – Standard-Times


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SAN ANGELO — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made a campaign stop Monday morning in San Angelo, roughly 24 hours ahead of Election Day, March 1. Eyeing a third term in office, Abbott had a simple message for his supporters: "Get out there and vote.""It is absolutely essential that you go vote tomorrow," Abbott told a crowd of more than 50 people who gathered Monday, Feb. 28, on the second floor lobby of the Cactus Hotel, 36 E. Twohig Ave. While Abbott is considered the frontrunner in the Republican gubernatorial race, he faces seven challengers, including former Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West and former state Sen. Don Huffines.March 2022 Election: Tom Green County voter guide. Here's everything you need to knowFor roughly 30 minutes, Abbott spoke about conservative values, rattling off a litany of complaints against what he called the "radical leftist agenda" of both U.S. President Biden and former Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke.Abbott took several jabs Monday at O'Rourke, the current Democratic frontrunner for Texas Governor."You know exactly what Beto said about your Second Amendments rights. He's going to come confiscate your guns and take them away," Abbott said, before quipping, "I don't think he's ever met people here in San Angelo, Texas."O'Rourke, who visited San Angelo during a campaign stop in November, recently backed away from statements he made during his 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, in which he said, "Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47."O'Rourke made the comments a month after a deadly mass shooting in El Paso.March 2022 Election: Redistricting, challenges from right test Texas House GOP incumbentsEarlier in February, while speaking to reporters in Tyler, Texas, O'Rourke shifted his tone, saying he had "no interest in taking" assault weapons from gun owners, and that he wants to "defend the Second Amendment" with policy driven by law enforcement.On Monday, Abbott called policies supported by O'Rourke and other "radical leftists" as "reckless," touting his hard stance on illegal immigration at the Texas-Mexico border, discouraging critical race theory, and bolstering the private energy sector instead of the "Green New Deal," which Abbott said would "crush energy jobs.""The energy jobs made America energy independent. I am running for reelection to make sure we protect those high-paying energy jobs in the great state of Texas," Abbott said.March 2022 Election: GOP race for Texas attorney general turns increasingly bitter as primary nearsIn concluding his campaign stop, Abbott encouraged Republican voters in San Angelo not to sit idly by on Election Day, nor in November, but to cast their ballots for conservative values."If you don't vote, you risk compromising the values you believe right here in San Angelo, Texas," Abbott said, adding, "We're going to turn out a big vote here in San Angelo and across the state, and we're going to do what needs to be done to make sure we keep Texas the best state in ... the greatest country in the history of the world."  John Tufts covers enterprise and investigative topics in West Texas. Send him a news tip at [email protected] 
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