Protestors At S. Loop & Univ. Demand Abbott Debate Davis in Lubbock

Published 05/21 2014 03:55PM

Updated 05/21 2014 10:39PM

By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- A handful of protesters showed their displeasure with gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott Wednesday afternoon at South Loop and University Avenue. They held signs such as “Why R U afraid of Lubbock, Greg Abbott?”

On Tuesday, rival candidate Wendy Davis proposed a series of six debates, including one in Lubbock. Only minutes after the Davis announcement Abbott’s campaign said “no.”

A written statement from the group said, “The residents of Lubbock believe that Texans from across the state should have the opportunity to hear the clear choice they have for their next governor."

An associate political science professor, Mark McKenzie, said this may all be because of political strategy. McKenzie said Abbott is running his campaign like many incumbents run their campaigns.

"It's not really in Abbott's favor, in terms of political strategy, for him to debate Wendy Davis a lot of times, because it gives her a chance to chip away at his lead, hope he makes a mistake in the debate, or that he says something wrong, or something controversial, or something of that nature and be able to best him and gain some advantage," McKenzie said.

McKenzie also said it was interesting for Davis to include Lubbock on her list of places to have this debate.

"Lubbock and this area around Texas, is one of the most Republican areas in the entire country so she's not going to be getting a lot of votes in the Lubbock area," McKenzie said.

Abbott said he has already agreed to two debates, one in McAllen and one in Dallas, though we have also been told Davis has not yet agreed to any debates.

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