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While much of the national focus was on the Democratic candidates vying for the nomination to take on President Donald Trump in November, there were a wealth of down-ballot primaries that could reshape Congress in a similar manner to the 2018 midterm elections.

One of those primary candidates is M.J. Hegar, the air force combat veteran whose "Doors" ad went viral in 2018 during her run for Congress.

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Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott shocked his constituents and other Americans when he became the first governor to announce that his state would not accept any refugees whatsoever—even if said refugees were vetted and came through the proper channels.

Abbott says his state's resources should go to Texas instead.

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DALLAS, TEXAS - OCTOBER 17, 2019 (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

In a move that reflected similar gaffes by the White House, the Texas GOP sent their preliminary 2020 election strategy to the email addresses of Democrats Party Monday evening. The Texas Republicans said—just like the administration of President Donald Trump—it was a low level staffer that made the mistake.

So what is on the minds of the Texas GOP headed into the next presidential election?

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Fox & Friends often draws criticism for their hosts' comments. Openly displayed devotion to President Donald Trump, his administration staff, and family members means whatever Trump loves, Ainsley Earhardt, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade—the weekday couch denizens—promote.

And whatever Trump dislikes, the Fox hosts mock or otherwise attempt to discredit.

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Judge Jeanine Pirro's racist rhetoric caught up to her in a recent Washington Journal appearance on C-SPAN when a man from Texas—who at first appeared to be a supporter of President Donald Trump—ended up taking her, Trump, and the Republican party to task for their anti-immigrant rhetoric and their utter hostility toward Latinx people in general.

The man—who did not give his name—skewered Pirro for her "anti-people with brown skin" rhetoric. Pirro only grimaced as he told her that stances like hers motivated the racist who murdered 22 people in El Paso last month to stop the "Hispanic invasion of Texas."

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U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) campaigns in Dallas, Texas, on September 14, 2018. - O'Rourke is the Democratic challenger for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) (LAURA BUCKMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

It was only last month that 22 people were murdered by a racist gunman targeting Hispanics in El Paso, Texas, once again bringing gun violence to the forefront of American political issues.

El Paso is the hometown of former congressman and current Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, who suspended campaigning after the shooting to console his constituents and help the town recover before getting back on the campaign trail.

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On Tuesday's season premiere of The View Meghan McCain made an on air declaration that 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke took exception to. In a heated discussion of the latest mass shooting, McCain extolled the popularity of the AR-15 rifle and stated violence would occur if anyone tried to eliminate or limit access to the weapon.

As part of his campaign platform, Texas born Beto O'Rourke proposed an AR-15 style weapon buyback program. But the former Texas Representative said to The Daily Beast about McCain's statements on national television:

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