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Beto plans Texas comeback in governor’s race -Axios By Reuters


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Beto O’Rourke (former U.S. representative) speaks out against Texas legislators, who propose a string of new voting restrictions for Austin. This was May 8th, 2021. REUTERS/Mikala Compton

(Reuters) – Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke is preparing to run for governor of Texas in 2022, a move that would pit a high-profile Democratic challenger against the current Republican leader of the state, Axios reported on Sunday.

Axios reports that O’Rourke, who was elected to three terms in El Paso, is now seeking advice from his political allies. He will likely announce the news shortly, according to Axios, citing political operatives.

O’Rourke gained national attention when he ran in 2018 against Ted Cruz to win a U.S. Senate Seat. O’Rourke was defeated, but did better than anticipated against Ted Cruz.

The potential challenge comes as Republican Governor Greg Abbott sees his approval rating decline, according to a University of Texas poll through August 2021. Texas’ national attention has been dominated by the arrival of thousands upon thousands of Mexican migrants at its border, rising coronavirus infections, and the adoption ban.

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