Rick Perry

Ryan E. Poppe

Gov. Greg Abbott cast his ballot today in effort to get out the vote.  Despite his lagging poll numbers, the governor still feels confident Cruz will win Texas.

From Texas Standard:

This morning the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed the second and final felony charge of abuse of power against former Gov. Rick Perry.

Ryan E. Poppe


At the headquarters of the influential conservative think tank, Texas Public Policy Foundation, the former governor seemed relieved that his expensive legal fight had ended.


“The courts decision today proves that this indictment was nothing less than a baseless political attack, an assault on the constitutional powers on the office of the governor," Perry said.


Perry, who ended his 2016 presidential bid in September, said the criminal charges were one of the factors contributing to his unsuccessful campaign.


Texas' top appeals court has dismissed the remaining felony abuse-of-power charge against former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

The Court of Criminal Appeals also upheld a lower court's ruling dismissing the other charge against Perry.

This all started when a grand jury indicted Perry in August 2014, as Perry was ramping up his campaign for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. His bid came to an end in September 2015. Perry was the first in the crowded Republican field to suspend his campaign.

Shelby Tauber / The Texas Tribune

Citing an increasingly diversified Texas economy, former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday defended the “Texas Miracle” — the decade of rapid growth during his 14-year tenure — and said there’s no reason for undue concern about the plummeting price of oil.