Progressives Vs. MAGA: AOC Takes On Trump In Texas, Who Will Win?

Written By BlabberBuzz | Thursday, 03 March 2022 05:15
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Voters in Texas are heading to the polls Tuesday for the first primary of the midterm season, where an AOC-backed Progressive will take on Rep. Henry Cuellar, and Trump-backed incumbents will meet opposition from the right.

At the top of the ticket, Gov. Greg Abbott will probably do better than two lively Right-wing challengers to win a third term. Abbott, who Trump has praised, has tacked to the Right and ran an aggressive campaign that included 60 campaign stops throughout the state in the weeks leading up to the primary.

Catering to his Right-wing base, Abbott signed the Texas abortion law banning the practice after six weeks, told state agencies to probe treatment for transgender youth as “child abuse,” and deployed Texas National Guard soldiers to the southern border.

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Abbott, a prolific fundraiser, joined the final days of the primary with $60 million on hand. He’s expected to take on Democrat Beto O’Rourke come November, who is tormented by a failed run for the presidency and Ted Cruz’s Senate seat. O’Rourke, who is not facing a Democratic side, joined the primary with only $6.8 million on hand.

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Abbott is not expected to win 90 percent as he won in the primary four years ago, and rumors are circulating that some in Trump’s orbit inspired him to pull his endorsement of the governor ahead of the race.

In the attorney general’s race, incumbent Ken Paxton will face three heavy-weight challengers - Texas land commissioner George P. Bush of the Bush dynasty, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, and Eva Guzman, a former justice on the Texas Supreme Court.

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All three challengers have struck Paxton for a 2015 securities fraud indictment that he is still fighting. The charges arose from his time in the state House when prosecutors said he directed investments to a firm without disclosing he would be compensated for doing so. Paxton denied the charges and had the trial delayed.

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Then, in 2020, Paxton was accused by some of his top aides of bribery and abuse of power

While Paxton won the Trump endorsement, Gohmert got a shoutout at Trump’s rally in Texas. A member of the House Freedom Caucus, Gohmert is a staunch supporter of Trump.

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Gohmert reportedly posed for a photo with Trump at the protest last month, but Trump’s team refused to send it to the congressman because they did not want him to use it in campaign ads, according to the New York Times.

“Louie Gohmert, what a wonderful guy,” Trump told the crowd. “This is a man who has been a friend of mine from day one.”

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