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Mar 6, 2014 5:34 PM

Abbott's Goal: Break Bush Record for Hispanic Vote

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Greg Abbott says he wants to make history and capture the largest percentage of Hispanic voters ever by a Republican in a Texas governor's race.

Abbott on Thursday began the general election phase of his campaign in Hidalgo County. That's one of several Texas border counties where rival Wendy Davis finished Ray Madrigal, an obscure challenger in this week's Democratic primary.

Abbott turned out even fewer voters in Hidalgo County than Davis, and declined comment on her numbers in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Texas attorney general says he's instead focused on attracting historic Hispanic support. Former Gov. George W. Bush is widely considered to have set the GOP mark during his re-election in 1998.

Some exit polling that year put Bush getting as much as 49 percent of Hispanic voters.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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