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Former Texas GOP Senator Don Huffines Running For Govenor

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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2015 file photo, then-Texas Sen. Don Huffines speaks during a news conference in Austin, Texas. Huffines, a former state senator from Dallas who has sharply criticized Texas' handling of the pandemic, said Monday, May 10, 2021 he will challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022.  (Deborah Cannon/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

(AP) — Former Republican state Sen. Don Huffines says he will challenge Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022.

The announcement Monday comes after Huffines spent the past year criticizing Abbott’s handling of the pandemic and rallying with conservative activists.

Huffines is a businessman who served one term in the Texas Senate before losing his seat in 2018 to Democrat Nathan Johnson. A Democratic challenger to Abbott next year has yet to emerge

 

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