Beto O’Rourke is preparing to run for governor in Texas in 2022 according to a report by Axios.
A decision has not been made yet, however Beto is expected to make an announcement in a couple months.
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke is preparing to run for governor of Texas in 2022, with an announcement expected later this year, Texas political operatives tell Axios.
Why it matters: O’Rourke’s entry would give Democrats a high-profile candidate with a national fundraising network to challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbott — and give O’Rourke, a former three-term congressman from El Paso and 2020 presidential candidate and voting rights activist, a path to a political comeback.
But he would be running in a complicated political environment. Immigration is surging at the southern border and Democrats at the national level are bracing for a brutal midterm election and potentially losing the House of Representatives in 2022.
A new poll for the Dallas Morning News shows that O’Rourke has narrowed the gap with Abbott in a hypothetical matchup, down, 37%-42%. In July, O’Rourke faced a 12-point deficit, 33%-45%.
Over the summer, Abbot has seen his approval rating sink to 41%, with 50% disapproving, in a separate poll.
Beto’s gun confiscation platform won’t do well in Texas.
Texans love their firearms.
Beto O’Rourke said during the presidential primaries in 2019 that he would forcefully take people’s firearms.
“No, it’s not voluntary. I want to make sure that we make the distinction here. It is mandatory. It will be the law. You will be required to comply with the law,” Beto said of his proposed gun confiscation program on MSNBC in 2019.
Here’s Beto in 2019 saying, “Hell yes, we are going to take your AR-15!”
Beto, a former Texas congressman, made a run for the US senate in 2018 and lost to Ted Cruz.