Allen West Will Challenge Texas Gov. Abbott In GOP Primary

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012, file photo, Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. West, the former Florida congressman and firebrand who rode into office on the tea party wave a decade ago, said Sunday, July 4, 2021, that he will run for governor of Texas in a bid to again seize on restless anger from the right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(AP) — Former Florida Congressman Allen West says he’ll challenge Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for the Republican nomination next year. The announcement Sunday comes after West spent a combative year using his job as chairman of the Texas GOP to antagonize leaders of his own party as much as Democrats. West won a U.S. House seat in Florida in 2010 during the tea party wave and quickly became a conservative lighting rod. But he served only one term after failing to win reelection. He later moved to Texas. Abbott is up for a third term as governor. He’s already locked up the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.


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