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Texas 2022 Elections

Beto O’Rourke confronts a formidable GOP firewall as he woos rural Texans

Despite its dwindling population, rural Texas has consistently helped protect GOP dominance in statewide races, even as Democratic support grows in the state’s populous metro centers and suburbs.

Gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke spekas to attendees at a town hall in Abilene on Aug. 16, 2022.

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A Greg Abbott supporter holds up a sign at a Beto O'Rourke town hall in Junction on Aug. 17, 2022.
Gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke hosts a town hall in Fredericksburg on Aug. 17, 2022.

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