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Trump shakes hands with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, right, after he received Abbott's endorsement at the South Texas International Airport Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, in Edinburg, Texas.Life, they say, is what happens while you’re making other plans. In May 2016, at a bar during the state Republican convention in Dallas, a senior aide to Governor Greg Abbott was explaining to a conservative friend why Abbott was endorsing Donald Trump. At that moment, Trump was clearly going to win the GOP nomination. But many Republicans would say in private that they found him a phony who was not actually a conservative in the way they had understood conservatism. Abbott had shared his initial thoughts on the New York real estate magnate in a different way: the governor endorsed Senator Ted Cruz, his protégé, in February, even though Trump was dominant and already likely to win. By May Abbott had acknowledged reality and switched…

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