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During the Texas debate with the governor. Greg Abbott and Beto O’Rourke fans ring

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Beto O’Rourke supporters rallied during Friday night’s Democratic gubernatorial debate against the governor. Greg Abbott before the midterms.

“If we grant amnesty, we would eliminate coyotes and illegal activity. And I think a lot of deaths,” Martha told Fox News. She backs O’Rourke in his support for a path to citizenship for immigrants who crossed into Texas illegally.

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Supporters of Beto O’Rourke shared why they think the Democrat should win the race for governor of Texas in the midterm elections.
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During the debate at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, O’Rourke and Abbott, a Republican, exchanged criticisms on a variety of topics, ranging from immigration and border security to inflation.

“It’s clear that Beto just wants to perpetuate open border policies and misunderstand exactly what’s going on,” Abbott said during the debate.

An 18-year-old Edinburgh resident, who asked not to be named, told Fox News that O’Rourke’s pro-amnesty stance for illegal immigrants appeals to her.

“They come here looking for, you know, sanctuary to seek a better life. It’s very supportive. You know, [O’Rourke is] I’m not letting anyone run free or anything. He expects them to follow the laws just like the rest of us. But that’s what they’re looking for. Being an American citizen,” he said.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott squared off in a debate Friday night against O’Rourke at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
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abbott holds an eight point lead over O’Rourke, according to the RealClearPolitics average. A Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation poll released Sunday found the incumbent had a seven point lead.

“He’s looking to get things done in the legal process,” Leonard told Fox News of O’Rourke’s plan to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants in Texas should he win the office of state governor. “People are going to have to follow the rules, the laws that are in place now. And if we can have that, we can put that in place and have everyone do it.”

O’Rourke trails Abbott in the polls, but the Democrat’s supporters told Fox News they remain optimistic he can pull off a victory.
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O’Rourke, who previously represented El Paso in the US House of Representatives, was running for president in 2020 but dropped out before the first primary. Meanwhile, Abbott is expected to launch a presidential campaign for the 2024 election.

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O’Rourke comfortably won the Texas gubernatorial primary in March. He briefly postponed his campaign events in August as he battled a bacterial infection.

Ramiro Vargas contributed to this report.

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