President Obama congratulates Greg Abbott in phone call

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Texas Attorney General and Republican Governor-elect Greg Abbott acknowledges the crowd after his victory speech in Austin, Texas. The first new Texas governor in 14 years is something of a city slicker: an articulate lawyer from Houston, who talks without a twang and campaigned with careful political discipline. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo, Texas Attorney General and Republican Governor-elect Greg Abbott acknowledges the crowd after his victory speech in Austin, Texas. The first new Texas governor in 14 years is something of a city slicker: an articulate lawyer from Houston, who talks without a twang and campaigned with careful political discipline. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

AUSTIN (AP) — Governor-elect Greg Abbott has already had a few direct words for President Barack Obama: “Thank you.”

An Abbott aide confirmed Thursday that the president called the next Texas governor to congratulate him on his electoral victory. Abbott spokesman Matt Hirsch said the phone call Wednesday night was brief and cordial. He said Abbott thanked Obama for the call and told him that he’ll work to find solutions for important issues facing Texas.

Don’t expect their chat to bury the hatchet. The call was among dozens Obama is making to winners of the midterm elections, and Abbott has said he’s not through filing lawsuits against Washington.

“I have sued Barack Obama 30 times and I’m not done yet,” Abbott said previously.

Abbott defeated Democrat Wendy Davis in a landslide Tuesday night.

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