One thing Professor Kirby Goidel said was that there was no clear winner.
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic nominee Beto O’rourke are in a close race for governor, with a recent KVUE and Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation Poll shows O’Rourke seven points behind Abbott.
One issue some voters are concerned about is abortion rights. The two candidates shared their views at the Edinburgh debate.
“I will fight to ensure that every woman makes her own decisions about her own body, her own future and her own health care. That’s what most of us, Republicans and Democrats in this state, believe,” O’Rourke said.
Abbott argued that they would not forget the women.
“They will know that through our alternatives to the abortion program, the state is providing living support, baby supplies, and all sorts of things that can help them,” Abbott said.
Kirby Goidel, professor of political science at Texas A&M said there was no clear winner.
“If you take the context of the race and say Abbott is in the lead right now and he can run out the clock, I think he’s appealing to the Republican grassroots voters. Beto O’Rourke needs to do something a little different. He needs to appeal to independents and non-voters,” Goidel said.
Abbott and O’Rourke made it clear once again where they differ.
“In terms of immigration, it’s very clear that Abbott will be more aggressive on border issues. And Beto a little less. In terms of weapons, Beto O’Rourke will be more aggressive when it comes to restricting weapons and especially things like AR -15 seconds,” Goidel said.
The KVUE/THPF poll showed that after the Uvalde massacre, 48% of Hispanics viewed Abbott less favorably and 32% less favorably O’Rourke. O’Rourke has backed the idea of raising the age for purchasing assault weapons, and Abbott has said it’s unconstitutional.
Watch the full interview with Professor Godel here:
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https://www.kvue.com/article/news/politics/vote-texas/political-expert-texas-governor-debate-greg-abbott-beto-orourke/269-1058f22e-4165-4a05-b31d-09a3aabc835b Texas A&M political science professor breaks down Texas gubernatorial debate