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Abbott, O’Rourke make campaign stops in Houston

The Republican incumbent and his Democratic challenger are making campaign stops right here in the heated battle for Texas governor.

HOUSTON — With the November election eight weeks away, the race for Texas governor is ramping up as Beto O’Rourke fights to unseat Gov. Greg Abbott. While the Democratic challenger has gained some floor in latest polls, the Republican incumbent remains to be forward in the battle to steer the Lone Star State.

The hot-button subjects embrace abortion rights, border safety and crime, which was Abbott’s fundamental focus throughout his campaign cease in Houston on Tuesday.

Abbott was joined by Houston Police Officers Union President Douglas Griffith and different native regulation enforcement at his “Back the Blue” information convention. He blamed judges and the bail system for crime in the Houston space.

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“Last week, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office charged two suspects with homicide in reference to the capturing dying of Precinct 3 Deputy Constable Omar Ursin. The suspects have been free on bond from Harris County homicide fees simply final year,” Abbott stated.

One of the governor’s campaign advertisements touts the endorsements of police unions across the state, together with HPOU.

O’Rourke responded along with his personal video the place members of regulation enforcement converse out towards the regulation that some blame for the rise in mass shootings and different violent crimes.

“Every Texan needs to know that Greg Abbott made us less safe by ignoring law enforcement and allowing people to carry guns in public without a background check, training, or permit,” O’Rourke tweeted Monday when he shared the video.

Last week, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner joined Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and referred to as on Texas lawmakers to go what they referred to as “common sense gun laws.”

Turner stated not a single state regulation has modified in the almost 100 days because the Robb Elementary School capturing in Uvalde that left 19 youngsters and two lecturers useless. The mayor stated a brand new report exhibits mass shootings in Texas have risen from 40 to 65 since Gov. Greg Abbott signed the permitless carry invoice into regulation final year and he needs that regulation reversed.

Another Abbott advert claims O’Rourke needs to defund the police.

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“Across America, there are too many scenes like this. Beto O’Rourke’s answer is to defund and dismantle the police. He wants to punish the police, not the criminals,” Abbott says in the advert. “I assist our regulation enforcement by guaranteeing that they’re absolutely funded.”

O’Rourke has disputed the declare at campaign rallies.

“I want to make sure we can count on the police and that means making sure they have the resources and funding they need, the training that they need,” O’Rourke stated.

Chris Evans, the spokesperson for O’Rourke’s campaign, stated O’Rourke repeatedly voted to extend the police price range as a member of the El Paso City Council and as a Democratic congressman.

O’Rourke will seem at a bilingual Latinos con Beto Rally in Houston Monday night time, calling it a “family-friendly event featuring face painters, live mariachi, and more.”

After the information convention Monday afternoon, Abbott sat down for an unique one-on-one interview with KHOU 11 anchor Len Cannon.

On Monday night time, Abbott will attend “A Conversation About Critical Issues Facing Our Community” fireplace chat on the Republican Jewish Coalition Houston Chapter, alongside Ambassador Nikki Haley.

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