Beto O’Rourke Planning 2022 Run for Texas Governor, Axios Reports

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Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) is expected to announce a run for Texas governor later this year, according to a report from Axios.

O’Rourke would “give Democrats a high-profile candidate with a national fundraising network”and, they hope, a strong opponent to take on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R).

Abbott’s approval rating has been dropping since April 2020, when it hit a peak of 56% approval. As of August, the same poll found his approval rating had dropped to 41%, with 50% disapproving — the highest ever.

In a hypothetical matchup between O’Rourke and Abbott, the former presidential candidate trails by five points; in July, the same poll found
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