Abbott wins reelection in Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott addressed supporters in McAllen, Texas, after defeating Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke.

Video transcript

GREG ABBOTT: Tonight, Texans sent a very resounding message. They want to keep Texas the beacon of opportunity that we have provided over the past eight years. A Texas where working families can flourish. A Texas where students can be prepared and inspired for college or for a career. A Texas that supports our law enforcement officers and our military.

A Texas where we safeguard our fundamental freedoms. And a Texas-- a Texas where everybody has a path to prosperity. All of that is possible in Texas.

So once again, I want to thank everybody who made tonight possible. Listen, we have quite literally the best campaign staff in the history of the state of Texas.

[CROWD CHEERING]

They ran a strong, tough, good campaign. And they're incomparable in the history of our state. At the same time that our campaign staff was working, we had the people who serve in the governor's office working around the clock serving you, the people of Texas. And so we can both serve as people of Texas and run a solid campaign at the same time, and win at doing both.

[CROWD CHEERING]

I want to thank all the volunteers, people who did this for the cause not for the money. People who knocked on doors. People who sent out texts. People who made phone calls. People who got voters out. People who cared. People with passion, like this young woman that I've met.

There's not been a single time I haven't been down here without her and her daughter being here. And even know about her daughter's little boo-boo on her knee that she had-- that's healing up right now. But she's precious. But all of you all are precious for the way that you put in the time and effort to make sure that we would win. And I want to thank my supporters for record-breaking resources that we needed to make sure that we won this race going away.

[CROWD CHEERING]

But most importantly, I want to thank my fellow Texans. I want to thank you for your votes. And I want to thank you-- I want to thank you for your trust. Just know this, we will go to work every single day to earn that trust. And together, together, we will keep Texas the greatest state and the greatest country in the history of the world. So God bless you all. And God bless our great state of Texas.

[CROWD CHEERING, CRACKERS EXPLODING]