NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Monday marked the first day of early voting, and the latest polls say that the biggest race in Texas, isn't much of a race.
The numbers out Friday from Houston Public Media have Abbott leading Democrat Wendy Davis by 15 points. Some analysts say Abbott is so far ahead in the polls that he should be thinking about his run for possible reelection, four years from now.
However, Republican supporters aren't getting ahead of themselves. They turned out in number for Abbott's campaign stop in Nacogdoches.
“Thank you very much,” Abbott said during the campaign stop. “Are you ready to go and win another election?"
CC's Barbecue was chosen for a noon day political stop for the Greg Abbott campaign. The excitement didn't get in between some people and their rib-eye steaks.
Others were glued to Abbott's every word. While the frontrunner, Abbott, did lose the endorsement of a major Houston newspaper, the Longview native chose East Texas as the place to remind voters one last time he's the man for the job.
“And I wanted to return to my home area and talk about connecting East Texas values with Austin, Texas,” Abbott said. My opponent is antagonistic to East Texas values. I insist that East Texas values are protected in Austin Texas as their next governor."
Abbott pounded the health care plan. Then he praised the voter ID law. Then he gave the predominantly Republican crowd the message they wanted to hear from the conservative candidate.
“And by God, I will not let the next four years in Texas look like the last six years under Barack Obama,” Abbott said. “We'll keep Texas going in the right direction."
That Republican stronghold is a concern for other conservative politicians. Congressman Louie Gohmert was overheard telling an Abbott supporter it was extremely important that Abbott win the election in a big way. Pollsters say Abbott is already there. He's even socking away campaign funds for his reelection. Abbott says he's still concentrating on the task at hand.
“The main thing I really want to focus on with the remaining two weeks of the election is letting Texans know what I'm going to do to make their lives better,” Abbott said.
Abbott says he is needing to learn more about the challenges of East Texas to be better equipped to solve the problems.
Nacogdoches was just one of the campaign stops today for Greg Abbott. From there, he went to Beaumont, then wrapped up the day in the Woodlands, just outside of Houston. His campaign told East Texas news that tells he plans to vote on Thursday. Davis voted early Monday morning in Fort Worth.