It’s been a very long time since a Democrat won a major race in the state of Texas. There are congresspeople, sure, but senate seats and the governorship have been out of reach. But the demographics are rapidly changing in the state and Democrats have high hopes.
Beto O’Rourke came as close as anyone to winning a major seat in the Lone Star state. Back in 2018, he lost to embattled senator Ted Cruz by less than 3%. And O’Rourke could challenge a Republican again in 2022, this time Governor Greg Abbott.
According to the Associated Press, “A top aide to the former Texas congressman and presidential candidate said O’Rouke, 48, has not ruled out challenging Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022 but has taken no formal steps toward a campaign, like calling donors or recruiting staff.”
If he does run, O’Rourke will certainly hammer Abbott on his recent performance during a winter storm in Texas that left millions out of power for days. “I think it’s clear to everyone that we should be doing far better,” the Democrat said at the time. “These jokers can’t even keep the lights on, or the heat on, or the the water on when the temperature drops. Now they want to take away our election?”
O’Rourke has yet to make an official decision on making a run in 2022. One could come in the upcoming months, though.
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