Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott is going to have several primary challengers in the next election.
Even with the popularity of actor Matthew McConaughey, if he decided to run as a Republican, it is tough to imagine any of them beating Abbott out for the right to run in the general election.
The good news for Abbott is that if he does get the nod again, his likely opponent, Beto O’Rourke, is now tanking in the polls.
Even though there has been a clear surge of liberals moving to Texas, this is still a red state when it counts.
Abbott took a pretty good hit when attacks were coming at him from both the left and the right, mostly over policies in the early days of the pandemic.
At one point, he was tied with Beto O’Rourke in the polls and trailing McConaughey.
That has changed significantly in the latest polling.
Abbott is still underwater on approval rating, but he is back on track with a 43-48 rating. I would suspect he will get that five points back over the next few polls.
O’Rourke was only polling at 35 percent, so Abbott has now created a comfortable margin between them.
McConaughey, who has made some statements as of late that would fall more on the left than right, has also slipped, now polling at 35 percent.
The race really now depends upon Chad Prather and Allen West.
As mentioned above, it is unlikely either of them will defeat Abbott in a primary, but if they run third-party in the general, they could steal away just enough votes to hand the state of Texas over to Democrats.
I do not believe either of them would do that, knowing what is at stake right now, but egos are dangerous, so time will tell on that front.