Greg Abbott 



Greg Abbott, a Republican running for governor of Texas, and Beto O'Rourke

a Democrat, will square off in the state's first and maybe final debate on Friday night.


At the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, they are facing off.

O'Rourke has a chance to narrow the polling gap between him and Abbott during the debate. 


With Abbott leading O'Rourke by more than 5 percentage points in most surveys, Texas voters have shown a preference for him.


O'Rourke, who narrowly defeated Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 senate election and made a fleeting run for the presidency in 2020, 

has garnered widespread attention thanks to the race. 

Democrats are optimistic that O'Rourke can unseat the governor's mansion due to his name familiarity and fiery attitude.

Tonight's discussion is anticipated to address topics including abortion, the migrant issue, and high inflation rates