Can Beto vs. Abbott give Texas moderates a prayer?

The competitiveness of this election, and the need to attract suburban voters, will force both men to be careful of what they promise and what they say to appease their bases.



November 19, 2021 - 3:02 PM

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks at a campaign rally on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. (Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images/TNS)

Political primaries define candidates in the most extreme ways, and that usually isn’t good for governing.

But general elections, when they are competitive, can be moderating influences on governing. Yes, the races get ugly, but much of the mudslinging is about painting the other guy as a radical and presenting oneself as the sensible alternative.

And that’s what we expect to emerge in the race pitting Gov. Greg Abbott against Beto O’Rourke.

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