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Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, middle, introduces actor Chuck Norris to his mother-in-law, Mary Lucy Phalen, during a campaign event at the Casa Rio restaurant in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Billy Calzada)

Chuck Norris endorses Greg Abbott for governor in Texas

- The Washington Times

Chuck Norris, the martial arts guru who starred in the popular television show “Walker, Texas Ranger” and movies like “The Way of the Dragon” with Bruce Lee, has thrown his support behind Republican attorney general Greg Abbott, who is running to be the next governor of the Lone Star State.

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