O’Rourke is anticipated to formally announce his 2022 gubernatorial bid in Texas later this 12 months, Axios reported Sunday, citing Texas political operatives.
O’Rourke, a former three-term congressman from El Paso, misplaced his U.S. Senate bid in opposition to 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 previous 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 Social gathering, informed Axios. “We predict he’ll be our strongest candidate. We predict he can beat Abbott, as a result of he’s susceptible.”
Abbott’s “prohibition in opposition to masks and vaccination mandates haven’t gone over nicely with Texans,” Hinojosa continued. “And with the abortion legislation, Republicans have raised the anger degree of Texas ladies larger than anybody has ever seen earlier than.”
David Wysong, O’Rourke’s former Home chief of employees and a longtime adviser, sought to shoot down the rumors when reached by Axios, saying, “No resolution has been made.”
Nonetheless, Axios reported that O’Rourke has been calling political allies to solicit their recommendation, “leaving them with the impression that he’s made his resolution to run.”
A new poll for the Dallas Morning Information exhibits that O’Rourke has lower 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 Information’ request for remark.