Polling exhibits Mike Collier, a former oil govt, is inside putting distance of Dan Patrick in what could possibly be one other shut matchup between the 2.

HOUSTON — The race for lieutenant governor is heating up simply weeks out from election day in Texas.

Incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Democrat Mike Collier are dealing with off in November.

Nonetheless, over the weekend, there was a shock endorsement when Tarrant County Choose Glen Whitley, a Republican, mentioned he’s backing Collier.

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Whitley mentioned it’s due to Collier’s stance on native management and smaller authorities.

Polling exhibits Collier, a former oil govt, is inside putting distance of Patrick in what could possibly be one other shut matchup between the 2.

“One one who I’ll assist statewide that may get me in somewhat hassle (is) Mike Collier for lieutenant governor,” Whitley mentioned.

With two months to go till the November election, many are locking of their endorsements earlier than the voters head to the polls, which is why the Republican decide is supporting the Democrat.

“I simply assume he is somebody who understands native management,” Whitley mentioned.

As property taxes skyrocket throughout the state of Texas, some native officers mentioned the state has created the surroundings on account of unfunded state mandates.

“Our property tax explosion is a consequence of state fiscal coverage,” Collier mentioned.

Collier is laying the blame on the ft of Patrick and the tax giveaways to companies shifting monetary burdens to owners.

“They’re livid about property taxes, and they need to be. And Dan Patrick continues to lie and blame locals. It’s not native authorities’s fault, it’s failed state fiscal coverage,” Collier mentioned.

Patrick responded to the endorsement in a tweet:

“Look, over the past legislative session, the legislature made large strides in decreasing the burden of property taxes,” Republican strategist Vlad Davidiuk mentioned.

Davidiuk mentioned decreasing property taxes will probably be a spotlight of all Republicans — not simply Abbott and Paxton — come January.

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“With the present charge of inflation, with jobs being tough to come back by for lots of Texans, with the costs of fuel and items rising, one much less factor that Texans want is larger property taxes,” Davidiuk mentioned.

Whitley mentioned he gained’t be working for re-election in 2022.

Of their final matchup in 2018, Patrick beat Collier by 5 factors.

Patrick did not reply to KHOU 11 Information’ request for an interview.