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Texas Tech Workers Back O’Rourke as Abbott Touts Newcomers’ Jobs

  • Google, Microsoft, Facebook workers favor the challenger
  • Abbott’s policies at odds with views of some tech newcomers
Beto O’Rourke
Beto O’RourkePhotographer: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg

Texas Governor Greg Abbott likes to take credit for luring some of the world’s biggest tech companies to the state under his watch, such as Tesla Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and Oracle Corp. But when it comes to the race for governor, people who work in the industry favor Abbott’s rival, Democrat Beto O’Rourke, by a wide margin.

Since announcing his candidacy, O’Rourke has gotten some 800 contributions from people -- the vast bulk of them in Texas -- who work at major tech companies including Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Meta Inc.’s Facebook, Microsoft Corp. and LinkedIn Corp. Abbott disclosed just three contributions this election cycle from people who work at those companies.