Saturday, January 28

Gov. Greg Abbott, Beto O’Rourke debate in Texas governor race

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Democrat Beto O’Rourke will meet for their first — and probably only — in-person debate in the Texas governor’s race at 7 p.m. Friday at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg.

Abbott’s campaign messaging has centered on the economy and border security, while O’Rourke has campaigned largely on abortion rights and gun control. Recent polls show that the race could be the closest Texas gubernatorial election in more than 20 years, although Abbott continues to maintain his lead against O’Rourke by 5 or more percentage points 

Here’s how to watch the debate live starting at 7 p.m. Central.

More:What’s on the line for Abbott, O’Rourke in Friday’s debate?

What’s on the line for Abbott, O’Rourke in the debate?

With Abbott consistently leading O’Rourke in multiple polls, the debate carries very different stakes for the two candidates. The highly anticipated matchup poses potential risks and rewards for both candidates, an opportunity to trade barbs face to face after months of launching attacks on the campaign trail and through political ads. 

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