Residents of Uvalde County, where a tragic school shooting unfolded nearly six months ago, have voted in favor of Greg Abbott in Tuesday’s governor race.
With all precincts reporting, Uvalde County says 4,760 residents – 60.18% – voted for Republican incumbent Abbott, compared to the 3,031, or 38.32%, who chose Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.
The county was the site of the Robb Elementary School mass shooting on May 24, in which an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers.
A day after the shooting, O’Rourke made headlines when he interrupted a press conference, telling Abbott and others who were briefing the community that they were “doing nothing” to stop future massacres.
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The confrontation was immediately criticized by officials, with Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin calling O’Rourke a “sick son of a b—- that would come to a deal like this to make a political issue.”
O’Rourke later said in September that he did not regret confronting Abbott at the briefing.
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Kim Mata-Rubio, the daughter of fourth-grader Lexi Rubio – one of the young victims of the massacre – condemned Tuesday’s re-election of Abbott.
“I wanted to send a message but, instead, the state of Texas sent me a message: my daughter’s murder wasn’t enough,” she posted on Twitter. “Just know, you f—– with the wrong mom. It doesn’t end tonight. I’ll fight until I have nothing left to give. Lexi’s legacy will be change.”
Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.