Greg Abbott endorses first challengers in GOP primary

Gov. Greg Abbott endorsed every House Republican who voted to preserve school choice in the lower chamber’s marquee education omnibus, following its removal of education savings accounts (ESA) two weeks ago. This week, he rolled out his first endorsements of non-incumbent candidates for seats currently held by Republicans who voted to strip that provision.

On Monday, Abbott endorsed Trey Wharton, president of the Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees and candidate for House District (HD) 12. Wharton had announced his primary challenge to state Rep. Kyle Kacal (R-College Station) back in October but received Abbott’s support following Kacal’s decision to not seek re-election that broke Monday afternoon.

The next day, Abbott rolled out support for Hillary Hickland, who is challenging state Rep. Hugh Shine (R-Temple) in the GOP primary for HD 55. The governor will attend a Friday kickoff event for Hickland’s campaign in Temple.

Then on Wednesday, Abbott endorsed Daniel Alders, the lone GOP candidate running to succeed state Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) in HD 6.

In statements for both endorsements, Abbott touted their support for “expand[ing] education freedom” or “school choice.”

On Thursday, Abbott announced the endorsement of Mike Olcott, who is challenging state Rep. Glenn Rogers (R-Graford) for the second cycle in a row. During last year's primary, Abbott came in for Rogers with an endorsement and money. But Rogers' staunch opposition to Abbott's ESA program has flipped the tables 180 degrees.

Abbott’s involvement in next year’s primaries is expected to come in heavy, particularly against the 16 Republicans seeking re-election who voted for the Raney amendment.

Additionally, the pro-ESA and Abbott-aligned group American Federation for Children Victory Fund announced six incumbents it will target next year:

Steve Allison (R-San Antonio)
Ernest Bailes (R-Shepherd)
Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches)
Drew Darby (R-San Angelo)
Glenn Rogers (R-Graford)

Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher (aka HP Pundit) is not a Democrat or Republican. He is a free thinking independent bringing you news and commentary with a dose of much needed common sense.

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