Houston - In the Lone Star State - the "main event" matchup is now all but set.
Pending his likely victory in a tune-up primary versus GOP challengers Allen West and don Huffines - governor Greg Abbott will face Democrat Beto O’Rourke in a winner take all slug fest next fall.
Politically battered in his failed presidential run - O’Rourke is looking to ignite the kind of progressive excitement and turnout which characterized his razor-tight battle with Ted Cruz.
With a colossal war chest approaching $60 million - Abbott will be a formidable opponent.
That said... The governor's statewide approval rating has been sliding in the wrong direction... And a vast majority of Texans are still furious over last February’s deadly grid failure.....and getting stuck with a multi-billion dollar tab they'll be forced to pay on their monthly gas and electric bills - for decades.