Greg Abbott’s Trump Endorsement: A Sign of Texas Turning Purple?

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In a very unsurprising development, the governor of the great state of Texas, Greg Abbott, over the weekend endorsed former president Donald Trump for the nomination to be the party’s standard bearer against whoever the Democrats put up in 2024. Rumor around the Washington, DC political water cooler is that there’s an increasing chance that it might not be Joe Biden for the Democrats — and who can blame the Democrats for wanting to ditch Sleepy Joe? Clearly, Abbott feels Trump is the best to handle whoever it may be.

From my colleague’s article:

Greg Abbott, the Texas governor, made his endorsement of former President Donald Trump official on Sunday. The initial announcement was made by the Governor on X, formerly Twitter.

Trump made the announcement as he met with Texas Governor Greg Abbott in Edinburg. Abbott was to serve a meal at a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper and Texas National Guardsmen.

The purpose of the visit is to bring attention to the explosive issue of border security and illegal immigration.

Since two and half years ago, the border has been an important issue for Republican voters, GOP leaders, and politicians. This led to harsh criticisms of President Biden’s administration’s handling of this crisis and an increase in border crossings.

Trump has pledged that if he wins a second term, he will launch the largest deportation campaign in American history. He would also reinstate his travel bans as well as the 2019 “Remain In Mexico” program which required non-Mexican asylum-seekers who wanted to enter the U.S. through the southern border to wait in Mexico until their cases were resolved.

The article below is a follow-up to an earlier piece I wrote last week on Ted Cruz’s filing for his third Senate term. Ted Cruz, Senator from Texas, Files Officially for Re-election to a Third Senate Term

Senator Ted Cruz from Texas has announced he will run for re-election in the U.S. Senate in 2024. It is crucial that Republicans keep every seat in the Senate they currently hold if they wish to gain control of a chamber next year that is currently held only by Democrats.

It is even more important that the Republicans win their elections, given the recent announcement by Senator Cruz’s West Virginia colleague, Democrat Joe Manchin.

Cruz is the ranking senator for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in the 118th Congress. Cruz is also a member of the Foreign Relations Committee as well as the Judiciary Committee where he serves as the ranking member on the Subcommittee on the Constitution.

So far, so good.

I’m certain Governor Abbott understands that during Trump’s tenure, his state wasn’t overrun with illegal immigrants and the federal government didn’t just look the other way. Since Biden’s election, his state has been completely overrun by illegal immigrants. Trump has promised that if he is re-elected, he will round up and deport as many as possible.

Many people who do not live in Texas assume that the state will remain in the “red states” column for the foreseeable, with its 40 Electoral votes. Every four years, the GOP must win the Lone Star State to counterbalance the 54 votes that California brings in.

My main concern is that Texas has shifted from being a red color to a purple shade.

Biden’s administration, which has been in power since January 2021, is not making a mistake by allowing the invasion of the southern border. The Democrats are pushing to allow people to vote who are in the country illegally and not require them to have a valid state license to do so. The authorities in Texas can nab people who are crossing from Mexico illegally as fast as they can grab them. However, thousands of people, perhaps hundreds of thousands of them, manage to escape the authorities.

Texas is gravely concerned about this, as well as the fact that people from blue states such as California, Oregon, and Washington are moving to more economically friendly states in the South and not changing their voting behavior.

If you don’t believe me, here are just some of the numbers since 2012, and they continue to slide from super safe to a little less so.

2012 – Romney vs Obama: Romney won the Lone Star State with 57.13 percent, over Obama’s 41.35 percent, a margin of 15.78 percent.

2012 – Cruz vs Sadler: Cruz 56.5 percent to Sadler 40.6 percent.

2016 – Trump vs Clinton Trump 52.2 percent to Clinton 43.2 percent.

2018 – Cruz vs O’Rourke Cruz 50.9 percent to O’Rourke 48.3 percent.

The 2018 Cruz campaign still won even though Beto raised money from all over the country, which is a good sign — but it was still too close for comfort.

2020 – Trump vs Biden Trump 52 percent to Biden 46 percent.

Trump’s almost 10-point win in 2016 was whittled down to just a six-point win four years later.

Now, this does NOT mean that Texas is about to turn blue anytime soon like my home state of Michigan is.

Michigan, a state that was once a deep blue, turned a pale purple shade in 2016 when Donald Trump narrowly won the election by 11,000 votes. The governor, secretary, and attorney-general were all kept by Democrats last year. The legislature is now controlled by donkeys for the first 30 years. The governor acts as if the state is about to turn red in a matter of minutes to keep her troops motivated. Gov Whitmer tells a bit of a lie about Michigan NOT being a blue state. Michigan Republicans believe the state is secretly a red one, while Democrats laugh and continue to win.

Texans in general seem to be satisfied with Gov. Abbot and the GOP are discussed in this article, and it is something for which the entire country should be grateful.

Texas is America’s firewall when it comes to the possibility of winning the White House by 2024, or any time after. The federal government has failed to do its duty of controlling the border, and this has had a major impact on the people of Texas. The state is holding its own and needs a Republican president in 2024 for the state to have control over the border and remove illegal immigrants.

If Texas slides purple, it will mean that every election is a toss-up, which does not bode very well for America.