Election results 2022: Texas Governor, Democrat and Republican primaries

Gov. Greg Abbott attempts to fend off 7 challengers while Democratic favorite Beto O’Rourke faces 4 opponents

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Candidate

Votes

%

Greg Abbott*(R)
1,286,45466%
Allen B. West(R)
238,02312%
Don Huffines(R)
232,16612%
Chad Prather(R)
73,9034%
Rick Perry(R)
62,0793%
Kandy Kaye Horn(R)
23,3521%
Paul Belew(R)
11,2531%
Danny Harrison(R)
10,7131%
*Incumbent
100% of Precincts Reporting

(9,633 / 9,633)

Candidate

Votes

%

Beto O'Rourke(D)
966,09691%
Joy Diaz(D)
33,3433%
Michael Cooper(D)
32,2483%
Rich Wakeland(D)
13,0731%
Inocencio (Inno) Barrientez(D)
12,8771%
100% of Precincts Reporting

(9,624 / 9,624)

Background

The below reporting comes from the Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek. Read more from this story on the Tribune’s website.

Gov. Greg Abbott, who is up against a group of challengers from his right including former state Sen. Don Huffines of Dallas and former Texas GOP Chair Allen West.

Abbott has publicly ignored the challengers throughout the election cycle while taking striking steps to shore up his right flank. Those moves include his order last week telling state health agencies to consider medical treatments for transgender kids as “child abuse,” an issue the governor’s primary opponents have harped on for months.

While polls show Abbott is in a good position to win outright Tuesday, he is no doubt looking for a big vote share — and his campaign has been spending like it, unloading over $15 million since late January. The primary has amounted to the most persistent opposition that Abbott has faced from within his own party in his long career in Texas politics.

Huffines made his closing arguments at a Houston rally Thursday with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a family friend who has endorsed him. Referring to Abbott as “old King Greg,” Huffines repeatedly referred back to his impetus for running: the early stages of Abbott’s COVID-19 response, which included a statewide mask mandate and business closures.

“We’ve lost more liberty in the last 22 months than I thought was ever possible, and it was done to us by a Republican governor of Texas — Texas,” Huffines said.

Abbott continued to disregard his GOP opponents during a primary eve rally in San Antonio.

“We are going to win tomorrow night, and then after that, we are going to beat Beto and keep Texas red,” Abbott said, referring to his likely Democratic opponent, Beto O’Rourke.


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David Ibañez has been managing editor of KSAT.com since the website's launch in October 2000.

Kolten Parker is digital executive producer at KSAT. Previously, he worked at the San Antonio Express-News and the Texas Observer.