GOP makes push to weaken Democrats’ grip on Texas border


              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, talks with supporters as he prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, addresses supporters after his debate with Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right, canvasses for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, canvasses for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Supporters of Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke cheer outside the site of his debate with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Edinburg, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke, right, greets family of the Uvalde shooting massacre before a pre-campaign debate news conference, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Edinburg, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke, second from right, poses with supporters during a campaign stop, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Edinburg, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, poses with supporters as prepares to canvass for votes, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Supporters of Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke cheer outside the site of his debate with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Edinburg, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke, center, stands on a chair as he talks to supporters, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Edinburg, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center, canvasses for votes with volunteers and other republican candidates, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Harlingen, Texas. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
GOP makes push to weaken Democrats’ grip on Texas border