The Back MicThe Back Mic: Governor Race TV Ads Hit Airwaves, Abbott’s Senate Endorsements Listed, O’Rourke Announces Next Campaign Tour

This week — the first television ads of the governor’s race are aired, Gov. Abbott’s state Senate endorsements are listed, and Beto O’Rourke announces his next campaign tour.
August 26, 2022

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First TV Ads in the Texas Governor’s Race

The first television ads of the 2022 general election gubernatorial race are here. Watch Republican Greg Abbott’s and Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s first aired ads below.



List of Abbott Senate Endorsements

Gov. Greg Abbott has released a number of state Senate endorsements this month as his party prepares for November. Competitive Senate districts are few and far between, but the closest one to a toss-up is Senate District (SD) 27, which is open after Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) announced his retirement.

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That district is rated D-56% by The Texan’s Texas Partisan Index which analyzes the partisan leaning of districts.

So far, Abbott has endorsed:

  • Brian Hughes (R-Mineola)*, re-election
  • Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown)*, re-election
  • Angela Paxton (R-McKinney)*, re-election
  • Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills)*, re-election
  • Phil King, GOP candidate for SD 10
  • Mayes Middleton, GOP candidate for SD 11
  • Joan Huffman (R-Houston)*, re-election
  • Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham)*, re-election
  • Robert Garza, GOP candidate for SD 19
  • Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury)*, re-election
  • Pete Flores, GOP candidate for SD 24
  • Adam Hinojosa, GOP candidate for SD 27
  • Charles Perry (R-Lubbock)*, re-election
  • Drew Springer (R-Muenster)*, re-election
  • Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels)*, re-election

*Denotes an incumbent

Abbott’s endorsements of Flores, Hancock, and Huffman were announced back in January.

Editor’s Note: This section has been updated to include Abbott’s most recent endorsements.

O’Rourke Announces 120-Event Rally Tour Over 39 Days

Democratic candidate for governor Beto O’Rourke is nearing the end of his 49-day town hall tour focused on rural communities and this week announced another, similar endeavor.

Beginning on September 3, O’Rourke’s campaign will hold 120 rallies across 114 cities in Texas through October 12 — just under a month until the November 8 general election.

“It’s the people of Texas who will decide this election,” said O’Rourke. “That’s why our organizers and more than 83,000 volunteers are going to hold 120 rallies across the state where they’ll sign up and train their fellow Texans to knock on doors, make phone calls, and have the conversations necessary to not only get out the vote but to win this election.”

O’Rourke’s campaign says this tour will increase its current force of 83,000 volunteers.

“Organizing rallies will be held in Spanish and English as volunteers bring more Texans into this campaign that will determine the future of the state,” reads the campaign release. “The tour will help Beto for Texas reach its historic goal of knocking on five million doors during this election while completing 80,000 door-knocking shifts during GOTV.”

Abbott and O’Rourke will meet on Friday, September 30 for the only debate of the race in the Rio Grande Valley. Until then and thereafter, the candidates will be in their own corners throwing rhetorical bombs at each other but not duking it out face-to-face.


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Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.