Abbott wins GOP nomination for Texas governor

In this Nov. 4, 2013 file photo, Republican candidate for governor, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott smiles as he responds to a reporter's questions during a news conference in Dallas. In the nation's first primary of the season, Texas politicians scramble to fill a void left by an extraordinary shakeup in state offices. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

March 4, 2014 6:17:06 PM PST
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is the first new Republican nominee for the state's governor in more than a decade.

Abbott coasted Tuesday night to a primary victory against three largely unknown challengers. The win had been considered a foregone conclusion since Abbott announced his bid to replace Gov. Rick Perry, who isn't seeking re-election after 14 years.

Abbott already has spent months attacking his November opponent, Democrat Wendy Davis, whose primary also was uncompetitive.

The 56-year-old Abbott has been attorney general since 2003 and is a former Texas Supreme Court justice. His ambitions to succeed Perry were no secret while spending years stockpiling more than $20 million in campaign cash for a gubernatorial run.

Other GOP gubernatorial candidates were political unknowns Lisa Fritsch, Miriam Martinez and Larry Kilgore.

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