Nicholas Laughlin and Sierra Holmes

Local Republican group celebrates Abbott’s victory

Supporters dressed in red filled Kent Black’s BBQ as the Hays County Republicans watched the results pour in from races all over the state and nation.

Some in attendance were certain Abbott would win the governorship and started to leave the restaurant as his lead in the race became clear.

Cheers could be heard in response to the confirmation Abbott would take over as governor after Rick Perry’s 14-year tenure.

“We are winning,” said Linda Kinney, Republican Party precinct 444 chair. “(The Democrats) are losing,”

Kinney said she doesn’t think Texas will be a blue state. However, Kinney thinks exercising the right to vote is important.

“People who stay at home on Election Day are doing themselves a disservice,” Kinney said.

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