The Back MicThe Back Mic: Here’s a Breakdown of the Texas Governor Results

This week — Here’s a breakdown of the results in the top-of-the-ticket clash between Greg Abbott and Beto O’Rourke.
November 11, 2022

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Abbott Cleans Up in Rural and Suburban Texas

Texans didn’t have to wait long to see the result Tuesday night for the gubernatorial race as Fox News called it for Greg Abbott less than an hour and a half after polls closed.

Abbott nearly hit 55 percent in his victory over Beto O’Rourke, amounting to an 11-point and 891,000-vote margin. Turnout in the race settled in at 45.6 percent, between the 2018 midterm rate of 53 percent and the 2014 rate of 33 percent.

O’Rourke won only 19 of Texas’ 254 counties and underperformed compared to his 2018 race in every county except Kaufman.

Below are some other breakdowns of the gubernatorial results.

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By Method

Early Vote

  • Abbott: 54%, 475,227-vote margin
  • O’Rourke: 45%
Election Day
  • Abbott: 55%, 412,719-vote margin
  • O’Rourke: 40%
Highest-Performing Counties (minimum 10,000 registered voters)
  • Abbott: Callahan County, 90.6%
  • O’Rourke: Travis County, 72.6%
Most Competitive County
  • Williamson County: 0.62%, 1,386 vote margin
By Population Cluster

Top 5 Counties

  • O’Rourke: +16.6%, 548,140 vote margin

Middle Group

  • Abbott: +24.2%, 963,611 vote margin

Low Population (fewer than 30,000 registered voters)

  • Abbott +61%, 473,806 vote margin
Cost Per Vote (as of 8-day filing)
  • Abbott: $23.40
  • O’Rourke: $20.75


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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.