EDINBURG, TX (KTRK) — Gov. Greg Abbott will square off with Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke on Friday in what is likely the first and only debate between the two candidates.
The event begins at 7 p.m. at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburgh.
O’Rourke will hold a press conference with family members of the victims of the mass school shooting in Uvalde ahead of Friday afternoon’s debate.
These family members made the 10-hour bus journey from Uvalde to Edinburgh, but travel is nothing new to them. They were also in Austin to urge Governor Abbott to call a special session.
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They want the minimum age for purchasing assault rifles in the state to be raised from 18 to 21.
Experts expect Gov. Abbott to address immigration as one of the main talking points of the debate on Friday night as it is a winning topic for him. They believe Abbott chose the Rio Grande Valley as the location for the debate because polls show most Texas voters agree with him when it comes to his border policies.
In the meantime, O’Rourke will likely push to put abortion and gun reform at the center of the debate, especially given the mass school shooting in Uvalde that is so fresh in everyone’s mind.
The victims’ parents and family members allege that Abbott failed and continues to fail to take action to prevent another tragedy from repeating itself.
ABC13 will be covering you from the Rio Grande Valley all day before the debate.
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