Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott surged to an overwhelming Republican triumph over Democrat Wendy Davis on Tuesday as Texas voters chose their first new governor in 14 years and soundly rejected Democratic hopes of staging a comeback in red-state Texas.
Abbott, a onetime high school track star who was left partly paralyzed in a jogging accident 30 years ago, upheld pre-election forecasts that Republicans would easily extend their two-decade winning streak, securing 60 percent of the vote in the race to replace outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Perry.
“I am living proof that a young man can have his life broken in half and still rise up to be the governor of this great state,” Abbott, who has used a wheelchair since the 1984 accident, told cheering supporters at a victory party in downtown Austin.
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