Gov. Greg Abbott announces he's running for re-election

Abbott makes announcement from Sunset Station

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SAN ANTONIO – UPDATE: Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday afternoon announced his plans for re-election in 2018.

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Gov. Greg Abbott is promising to "lay out a vision to ensure that Texas remains the most exceptional state in America" on Friday in San Antonio, when he's expected to formally announce his re-election campaign.

Abbott said in a Facebook video late Thursday that he'll unveil "the next step in our campaign" on Friday, the fourth anniversary of a San Antonio event where he unveiled his original gubernatorial run.

No major Democrat has yet offered to run against Abbott, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has denied rumors he could challenge the governor during the 2018 Republican primary.

In the video, Abbott bragged about signing a "sanctuary city" law empowering police to inquire about peoples' immigration status during routine interactions like traffic stops, which opponents are suing to block as unconstitutional.

Abbott toured San Antonio's Boeing facility earlier in the day. He visited the company's Global Services and Support site on the city's Southwest Side.

The site operates as one of the largest military aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities in the world.

KSAT 12 will have a crew at the event. A livestream will be available above.

This is a developing story. Stay with KSAT 12 both online and on-air for more information.


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