Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday that he will run for reelection in 2018. Abbott, who narrowly defeated incumbent Andrew White in 2014, will face a tough challenge in his bid for re-election.
In June, Julian Castro — the former San Antonio mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama — said he was giving consideration to challenging Abbott, who is the sitting first lieutenant governor of Texas.
There was, however, a backlash against Castro for his comments, and he later said he would not run for governor.
The governor said on Monday that he remained committed to staying in office for four more years.
“I am fully committed to serving as governor of the great state of Texas for the next four years,” Abbott said, according to The Hill. “The state of Texas continues to thrive because we have continued to cut taxes and look to grow our economy so that all Texans can thrive. We have partnered with the Texas Military Forces to better our communities and continue to provide the resources that Texas families depend on to get by.”
Abbott had planned on running for reelection in 2017 but put off his campaign plans for 2018, in order to concentrate on what was his first successful bid for office.
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