Abbott says GOP will reach out to Hispanic voters

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2013 file photo, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott talks with educators at KIPP: San Antonio, in San Antonio, Texas. Abbott raised $11.5 million over three months, and Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis raised more than $12 million over the past six months, the campaigns reported Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2013 file photo, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott talks with educators at KIPP: San Antonio, in San Antonio, Texas. Abbott raised $11.5 million over three months, and Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis raised more than $12 million over the past six months, the campaigns reported Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

AUSTIN (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott says connecting with Hispanic voters is a major goal for the Texas GOP as the state moves beyond the primary season.

The Texas attorney general said after voting Tuesday in Austin that Republicans “are going to reach out and be more inclusive” of different cultures than ever this election year. Hispanics are the fastest-growing population in Texas and their voting power is strengthening.

Both Abbott and his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Wendy Davis, spent last weekend in the Rio Grande Valley trying to make new inroads to Hispanic voters ahead of the primary.

Democrats have criticized Abbott for comparing corruption in South Texas to third-world practices. Abbott has said he wasn’t characterizing the border region.

Abbott coasted Tuesday night to a primary victory against three largely unknown challengers. The win had been considered a foregone conclusion since Abbott announced his bid to replace Gov. Rick Perry, who isn’t seeking re-election after 14 years.

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