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Greg Abbott taking nothing for granted after landslide primary win

Both Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis raised eyebrows with their landslide wins in Tuesday's primaries, but for different reasons. 

Davis captured 79% of the democratic votes, but had hoped to do better with Hispanics. Her opponent, Ray Madrigal, got 21% of the total count despite not doing much campaigning.

Abbott carried 91.5% of the GOP votes, garnering more than either George W. Bush or Rick Perry in their final gubernatorial primary.

Still, Abbott isn't over confident.  "I take absolutely nothing for granted," he told News Channel 25 in a live interview from Austin Wednesday afternoon.  "I will go out and earn every vote," he added.

One of the Attorney General's campaign strategies was very clear in the interview.  Hispanics are a key for the November race, and that segment typically leans Democrat, but less so than in the past. 

Plus, Abbott says he's got a personal edge, "I  married into the Hispanic community 32 years ago, and when I'm elected governor my wife will be the first Latina 1st Lady in the history of this state."

"What I've learned in the Hispanic community is the values and ideals and aspirations of so many people in the Hispanic community are exactly the same as those in the Republican party."

Parts of the strategies for the two candidates are similar.  Davis said in her victory speech Tuesday night, "As governor I will fight to give our kids a 21st century education and an economy built for the jobs of tomorrow."

Abbott says his number one focus for the campaign is to create more jobs for Texas, and number two is elevating education in the state to the top national ranking.

He says his plan for schools is simple, "We've got to get away from cookie cutter one size fits all approval and over testing the students.  We want to get the government off the back of teachers and stop forcing them to teach to so many tests."
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