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Democrat Beto O'Rourke running for Texas governor in 2022

Election 2022 Texas Governor O'Rourke
Posted at 9:26 AM, Nov 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-15 09:26:37-05

Democrat Beto O’Rourke is running for governor of Texas.

The former El Paso congressman announced his decision Monday.

It's O’Rourke’s third run for office in as many election cycles after a narrow loss for U.S. Senate in 2018 and a short-lived presidential run in 2020.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is up for a third term, but his usually durable approval ratings have taken a hit over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Abbott has said Texas voters won’t forget O’Rourke calling for mandatory buybacks of assault weapons and aggressive action on climate change.

Texas has not elected a Democratic governor since Ann Richards in 1990.