Pence to headline Abbott fundraiser in Washington


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Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, both of Texas, also will attend the event.

Abbott has more than $40 million in his campaign coffers and hasn’t yet drawn a formidable Democratic opponent.

Vice President Mike Pence will speak at a fundraiser for Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13.

Pence will join Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, both of Texas, at the event, The Texas Tribune first reported. A $1,000 ticket grants entry into a general reception at the Willard Hotel; a private dinner with Abbott at former U.S. Ambassador C. Boyden Gray’s home costs $50,000.

“Governor Abbott is honored and grateful to have the support of Vice President Pence,” Abbott’s spokesman John Wittman said.

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Abbott has more than $40 million in his campaign coffers and hasn’t yet drawn a formidable Democratic opponent.

Jeffrey Payne, a Dallas businessman, and Tom Wakely, who runs a hospice for military veterans in San Antonio, are running for the Democratic nomination. Payne is a political newcomer and Wakely lost to U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, last year.

Andrew White, son of former Gov. Mark White, is exploring a Democratic bid.



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