Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, is reportedly getting ready a bid to challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbott within the Texas gubernatorial race subsequent November.
O’Rourke is anticipated to formally announce his 2022 gubernatorial bid in Texas later this yr, Axios reported Sunday, citing Texas political operatives.
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O’Rourke, a former three-term congressman from El Paso, misplaced his U.S. Senate bid towards Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in 2018 regardless of elevating a record-breaking $80 million within the race that gained nationwide consideration. He later failed in his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
The former congressman is seemingly hoping to restart his political profession in a state politically divided by hot-button points like abortion, immigration and COVID-19.
“We hope that he’s going to run,” Gilberto Hinojosa, the state chair of the Democratic Party, informed Axios. “We assume he’ll be our strongest candidate. We assume he can beat Abbott, as a result of he’s weak.”
Abbott’s “prohibition towards masks and vaccination mandates haven’t gone over properly with Texans,” Hinojosa continued. “And with the abortion regulation, Republicans have raised the anger stage of Texas ladies greater than anybody has ever seen earlier than.”
David Wysong, O’Rourke’s former House chief of employees and a longtime adviser, sought to shoot down the rumors when reached by Axios, saying, “No determination has been made.”
Still, Axios reported that O’Rourke has been calling political allies to solicit their recommendation, “leaving them with the impression that he’s made his determination to run.”
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A new ballot for the Dallas Morning News reveals that O’Rourke has minimize Abbott’s lead from 12 proportion factors to 5 in a hypothetical matchup, whereas actor Matthew McConaughey, one other potential challenger, has soared to 9 proportion factors forward of the governor.
Abbott’s workplace didn’t return Fox News’ request for remark.