03/04/2014 09:10 pm ET Updated Mar 05, 2014

Greg Abbott Primary: Texas Attorney General Wins GOP Gubernatorial Nomination

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott won Tuesday's primary for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in the Lone Star State, the Associated Press reports.

Abbott, who has served under current Governor Rick Perry (R) since 2002, defeated a small field of Republican opponents, including radio host Lisa Fritsch.

The attorney general will face off against state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) in November's general election.

Below, more from the Associated Press:

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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