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Greg Abbott of Texas Gov. announced that he had filed for re-election ahead of the 2022 gubernatorial election in the state.

“I am here today to officially sign the paperwork for re-election as governor of the great state of Texas,” Abbott said in a video posted on Twitter on Tuesday. ballot paper

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Although there was no doubt that Abbott would seek a third term as governor, the current Republican has faced criticism is facing many challenges from within his own party and ahead of March’s GOP primary.

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One of Abbott’s primary challengers is Texas Republican State Sen. Don Huffins, who in the past has targeted the governor for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Well, we don’t have Donald Trump as governor. We don’t have Ron DeSantis as governor. We don’t have William B. Travis as governor. Unfortunately, we have a career politician who is a Political windsock is a RINO,” Huffins said earlier this year during an appearance at CPAC.

Huffins accused Abbott of breaking “our Constitution,” arguing that the governor’s pandemic policies “put 3 million Texans on unemployment and dependent on the government a day.”

If Abbott were to get through the primary, his potential Democratic challenger is former Representative Beto O’Rourke, who ran an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 and a failed US Senate bid in 2018.

Former US Representative Beto O'Rourke.  (AP Photo/Cheryl Center)

a fresh poll Abbott showed up with a comfortable lead in a hypothetical matchup with O’Rourke, garnering the support of 46% of registered Texas voters, compared to 37% who said they would support O’Rourke.

Abbott officially called off his campaign by vowing to secure the border with Mexico and support law enforcement.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott.  (Photo by Linda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

“I want you to know that I am running for re-election to protect and protect our border. I am running for re-election to support our police officers in the great state of Texas. And I I am running to ensure that Texas remains a job-creation machine, leading the United States in job opportunity,” Abbott said in his announcement video. “Working together, we will keep Texas the best state in the United States.”