TYLER, Texas (KETK) — Governor Greg Abbott visited Tyler on Tuesday night and spoke about the Texas economy, the border, and the state’s fentanyl crisis.
Abbott delivered a keynote address after 7 p.m. at the Smith County Republican Party’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner. The event was part of the Keep East Texas Red fundraiser which benefits the local Republican Party. The dinner was held at The Villa at 7891 Highway 110 North.
“Each year that I have been governor, Texas has been the first state in the United States as the best state in which to do business. Each year that I have been governor, Texas has received the Governor’s Cup. The Governor’s Cup goes to the governor of the state that ranks number one in the United States for economic development and the new jobs created from that economic development,” Abbott said.
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Monday was the first day of early voting in Texas and during the event Abbott also appealed to voters.
“We are behind in counting votes in the five largest cities in the state of Texas,” he said. “Texas’ future will be tied to what percentage of voter turnout we can achieve in counties like Smith County. We need you to stand aside to protect the future of Texas and the United States of America.
Abbott also spoke about the 10,000 Texas National Guardsmen and state troopers who are on the southern border to help with migration issues. The governor also said he passed several laws to protect Second Amendment rights, and he mentioned the fentanyl crisis that killed hundreds of Texans.
On Monday, a new poll from the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Politics Project was released and 1,200 registered voters took part.
According to the poll, Governor Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton have stronger voter support than other Republican primary candidates, 41% of those planning to vote in the Republican primary said.
The poll also predicted that Abbott would win a hypothetical gubernatorial race against Beto O’Rourke 47%-37%. Additionally, Abbott raised $1.4 million in the first 20 days of January while O’Rourke raised $1.3 million.
Former State Senator Don Huffines and former Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West are also running for governor. 60% of poll respondents who said they would vote Republican sided with Abbott. West received support from 15% of voters and West got 14%.