Abbott Boots RINOs From Texas GOP

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( – Many conservatives in Texas who were challenging the House Republican incumbents managed to win the primary elections they were competing in on Tuesday night. This is a win for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Nine GOP lawmakers seem to have lost their primaries while another 8 will face runoff elections. Among them is Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan. 

Abbott had endorsed challengers Janis Holt, Helen Kerwin, and Marc LaHood. In an appearance on “Fox & Friends First” on Wednesday, the three spoke about their victory. 

The southeast District 18 primary winner, Holt, argued that this was because of the border. As she pointed out, the open border was one of the most important issues in their districts. She added that their district had one of the largest immigrant populations in the world and the United States. She referred to it as ground zero and argued that the open border was horrible there. 

She continued by noting her district’s constituents were tired of Republican incumbent Ernest Bailes who had not taken any action, especially against the Colony Ridge settlement which has faced accusations of housing illegal immigrants. 

Marc LaHood similarly pointed out that the border crisis was their priority. He added that incumbent Steve Allison had not done enough to address the issue and that this was one of the things that people had repeatedly expressed as constituents were tired of people who made promises that they failed to keep.  LaHood also pointed out that before getting into the race he had been considered “too conservative” for District 121.

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