Former congressman Allen West (pictured at right) announced he was entering the gubernatorial race Sunday at a church in Carrollton, Texas.
“I am Lt. Col. Allen West,” he said. “You have asked me to come back into service for God, for country, and for Texas for a time such as this, and that's why I'm running to be your governor of The Lonestar State.”
Don Huffines, a prominent businessman and former state senator, has also jumped into the race.
Cathie Adams of Texas Eagle Forum says both challengers have a shot at defeating Abbott, who has held the office since 2015, but whose stock has been going down of late.
“To have an incumbent and to have two challengers,” she says, “is saying that maybe there are something that could have been done better, maybe I have a new idea, a different idea of the way things should be done.”
Adams tells One News Now there were legislative priorities set by grassroots Republicans in the state that received what she calls an abysmal response by the Republican governor.
A special session has been announced for state lawmakers, with several hot-button issues on the table, after being passed over during the regular session, One News Now reported this week.
West has been a vocal critic of Abbott over the last year, especially over the governor's actions during the pandemic, and the former U.S. Army officer was leading the Texas Republican Party until he stepped down in June.