The Brief: Abbott, Smitherman Lob Spousal Attack Accusations

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Election Day is tomorrow and the tenor of some of the campaigns has moved toward "no quarter, bayonet the wounded." In two races, candidates are making accusations of personal attacks against their wives. Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott said a Democratic Lubbock city councilman referred to his wife, a granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, as a "prop." The complaint came after a get-out-the-vote stop that Abbott made to the Hub City.

The councilman, Victor Hernandez, said the venue chosen for the visit — Jimenez Bakery and Restaurant — was "a 'prop' designed to create the 'illusion' that local Hispanics ...

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