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O’Rourke Slams Abbott on Migration at Texas Gubernatorial Debate

  • Candidates exchange barbs about border, guns, abortion
  • Polls show O’Rourke is facing a five- to nine-point deficit
Beto O'Rourke 

Beto O'Rourke 

Photographer: Jordan Vonderhaar/Bloomberg

The Texas gubernatorial candidates traded barbs about who is best positioned to tame immigration chaos at the border during the candidates’ only debate ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

The incumbent, Republican Governor Greg Abbott, lambasted Democrat Beto O’Rourke for minimizing what he called a “disaster” for local communities. O’Rourke countered that the governor’s Operation Lone Star border-security effort was a flop, with little to show for all the money spent.