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Politics Democrat Beto O'Rourke running for Texas governor in 2022

16:37  15 november  2021
16:37  15 november  2021 Source:   msn.com

O'Rourke announces bid to take on Greg Abbott in 2022 Texas gubernatorial race

  O'Rourke announces bid to take on Greg Abbott in 2022 Texas gubernatorial race Beto O'Rourke, the former congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, on Monday launched his campaign to unseat Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022. © Brandon Bell/Getty Images Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Georgetown to Austin March for Democracy rally on July 31, 2021 in Austin, Texas. "I'm running for governor," he tweeted alongside a video announcement. "Together, we can push past the small and divisive politics that we see in Texas today -- and get back to the big, bold vision that used to define Texas. A Texas big enough for all of us.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Beto O’Rourke is running for governor of Texas, pursuing a blue breakthrough in America’s biggest red state after his star-making U.S. Senate campaign in 2018 put him closer than anyone else in decades.

FILE - Democrat Beto O'Rourke listens to a volunteer before a Texas Organizing Project neighborhood walk in West Dallas on June 9, 2021. O’Rourke is running for governor of Texas. The former El Paso congressman announced his decision Monday. It kicks off 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.   (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Democrat Beto O'Rourke listens to a volunteer before a Texas Organizing Project neighborhood walk in West Dallas on June 9, 2021. O’Rourke is running for governor of Texas. The former El Paso congressman announced his decision Monday. It kicks off 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. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

O'Rourke's announcement Monday kicks off a third run for office in as many election cycles. He burst into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary as a party phenomena but dropped out just eight months later as money and fanfare dried up.

Beto O'Rourke Announces Run Against Greg Abbott for Texas Governor

  Beto O'Rourke Announces Run Against Greg Abbott for Texas Governor The former presidential candidate and congressman looks to unseat the Republican incumbent.O'Rourke, a former three-term member of the House of Representatives from El Paso, first made his announcement in an exclusive interview with Texas Monthly before confirming the news on Twitter.

“It's not going to be easy. But it is possible," O'Rourke said in an interview with The Associated Press ahead of his announcement. “I do believe, very strongly, from listening to people in this state that they’re very unhappy with the direction that (Gov.) Greg Abbott has taken Texas.”

O'Rourke's return sets up one of 2022’s highest-profile — and potentially most expensive — races for governor. Abbott, a Republican, is seeking a third term and has put Texas on the vanguard of hard-right policymaking in state capitals and emerged as a national figure. A challenge from O'Rourke, a media-savvy former congressman with a record of generating attention and cash, could tempt Democrats nationwide to pour millions of dollars into trying — again — to flip Texas.

What Beto O'Rourke Said About Guns That Could Hurt His Bid for Texas Governor

  What Beto O'Rourke Said About Guns That Could Hurt His Bid for Texas Governor During a 2019 presidential debate, then-candidate Beto O'Rourke said: ""Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47."During O'Rourke's 2020 presidential campaign, he backed gun control measures including a ban on assault rifles and universal background checks. O'Rourke, who previously served as a member of Congress in an El Paso area district, may face heightened criticism from some Texans over the policies he backed during the campaign.

FILE - Democrat Beto O'Rourke endorses Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign rally, March 2, 2020 in Dallas. O’Rourke is running for governor of Texas. The former El Paso congressman announced his decision Monday. It kicks off 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.(AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Democrat Beto O'Rourke endorses Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at a campaign rally, March 2, 2020 in Dallas. O’Rourke is running for governor of Texas. The former El Paso congressman announced his decision Monday. It kicks off 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.(AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez, File)

Still, O'Rourke is coming back an underdog. Although the state's growing population of Latino, young and college-educated voters is a good for Democrats, the party's spending blitz in the 2020 presidential election left them with nothing.

The outlook for Democrats nationwide is even worse heading into next year's midterm elections. Texas has not elected a Democratic governor since Ann Richards in 1990. And freshly gerrymandered political maps, signed into law by Abbott in October, bolster Republicans' standing in booming suburban districts that have been drifting away from the party. That could mean fewer competitive races and lower turnout.

Beto O'Rourke Must Learn From His Mistakes for Texas Race

  Beto O'Rourke Must Learn From His Mistakes for Texas Race As O'Rourke mounts a bid to oust the Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott, he has lessons to learn from his presidential campaign.But his bid for the White House ended in November 2019—and as the former congressman embarks upon a race to take on Governor Greg Abbott, learning from the failings of his last outing could prove key to guiding his strategy.

O’Rourke, 49, will have to win over not only hundreds of thousands of new voters but some of his old ones. When O'Rourke lost to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz by just 2.5 percentage points, Abbott won reelection by double digits that same year, reflecting a large number of Texans who voted for O'Rourke and for the GOP governor.

FILE - Democrat Beto O'Rourke speaks to Texas Organizing Project volunteers preparing to canvass a neighborhood in this June 9, 2021 file photo.  O’Rourke is running for governor of Texas. The former El Paso congressman announced his decision Monday, Nov. 15. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Democrat Beto O'Rourke speaks to Texas Organizing Project volunteers preparing to canvass a neighborhood in this June 9, 2021 file photo. O’Rourke is running for governor of Texas. The former El Paso congressman announced his decision Monday, Nov. 15. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

That crossover appeal was a hallmark of a Senate campaign propelled by energetic rallies, ideological blurriness and unscripted livestreams on social media. But as a presidential candidate, O’Rourke molded himself into a liberal champion who called for slashing immigration enforcement and mandatory gun buybacks.

In one pronouncement heard far and wide in firearm-friendly Texas, O'Rourke declared: “Hell, yes, we’re gonna take your AR-15."

Beto’s Back and the Dems Are All Out of Fresh Faces and Ideas

  Beto’s Back and the Dems Are All Out of Fresh Faces and Ideas The reemergence of Beto O’Rourke, this time as a candidate for Texas governor, is further proof that we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel for saviors to rise from these streets. Once a rising star, O’Rourke is likely to end his bid to replace Texas Gov. Greg Abbott as a three-time loser. Despite this, he will soak up plenty of buzz and money along the way—which is good for O’Rourke and bad for Democrats. Once a charismatic young Texas congressman from El Paso who shared a bromance with then-Republican Rep. Will Hurd, O’Rourke ran a surprisingly strong race against Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018 back when Trump was president.

“I don’t think that’s gonna sell real well,” Abbott said in January.

In the interview, O'Rourke signaled he'll try to reclaim the middle in his bid for governor. He blasted Abbott for a “very extremist, divisive” agenda that caters to the hard right.

Asked about gun control, he said he does not believe Texans want to see their families “shot up with weapons that were designed for war." But he pivoted quickly to slamming Abbott abolishing background checks and training for concealed handgun permits, gun regulations that once had bipartisan support.

O'Rourke argued that the broad coalition of voters that powered his near-upset in 2018, which included Republican moderates, could be formed again.

“What I’m going to be focused on is listening to and bringing people together to do the big work before us," he said. “And obviously that first big job is is winning this election. But the voters and the votes are there.”

O'Rourke officially announced his candidacy in a two-minute video, in which he directly speaks to the camera and criticizes a GOP agenda that he says ignores things voters “actually agree on," such as expanding Medicare and legalizing marijuana. “Those in positions of public trust have stopped listening to, serving and paying attention to the people of Texas," he said.

Beto O'Rourke keeps trying to fail upward

  Beto O'Rourke keeps trying to fail upward There's nothing like an unsuccessful white man's confidence in his ability to fail upward. © Provided by Washington Examiner Case in point: Beto O'Rourke. The Texas Democrat is the pinnacle of white privilege. He has a billionaire father-in-law, a history of crony capitalism, and a drunk driving arrest that legacy media keep forgetting to mention. That hasn't stopped the Democratic Party from embracing this "Kennedyesque" candidate.Now, the failed senatorial candidate and failed presidential candidate is trying his hand at something new: running for governor of Texas.

O’Rourke isn’t the only one in the race out to regain his footing in Texas.

For most of his six years in office, Abbott has had an aura of political invincibility. But his job approval rating has slipped during the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 70,000 Texans, as well as a deadly winter blackout that darkened the nation's energy capital and a legislative session that passed new barriers to voting and effectively banned most abortions in the state. Abbott also aggressively bucked the Biden administration's pandemic policies, angering some of Texas’ largest schools and employers by banning mask and vaccine mandates.

Despite the conservative policy victories, Abbott faces pressure from the right flank of his party. Two conservative firebrands, including former Florida congressman Allen West, have launched primary challenges. Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Abbott but also has pressured him to audit the state's entire 2020 election results over false claims of fraud, even though he won Texas. Abbott has refused.

Still, the Texas governor enters the race with a $55 million campaign war chest, the biggest of any incumbent governor in the country.

Trump's was a narrow victory by Texas standards, 5.5 percentage points, a closer finish than his win in the storied battleground of Ohio. For deflated Democrats, it was proof that Texas is turning — albeit painfully slowly.

The party struggled for months to identify a challenger to Abbott, resulting in a “Beto or bust” plan reflecting the enduring skepticism even in their own ranks. No other Democrats have entered the race or have flirted with challenging Abbott.

Beto O'Rourke declines invite Biden to campaign with him in Texas

  Beto O'Rourke declines invite Biden to campaign with him in Texas Beto O'Rourke, who announced his campaign for Texas governor last week, declined to invite President Joe Biden to campaign alongside him, pushing a message of nonpartisan unity in his upcoming bid for the highest office in Texas. O'Rourke said his campaign is "not going to be about anyone from outside of our state," when asked by CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" whether he would welcome Biden to Texas to help him campaign. When pressed for a second time whether he'd want Biden to visit the state, he again declined to extend an invitation."This campaign in Texas is not going to be about Joe Biden.

Actor Matthew McConaughey, who lives in Austin, has teased a run for governor for months but has not said whether he would make one as a Republican or a Democrat.

Any shot for O'Rourke will require at least a touch of the magic of his Senate run against Cruz, when the onetime punk rocker from El Paso won over suburban moderates and road-tripped to the reddest of Texas' 254 counties. He said he will again show up in tough places for Democrats, who for decades have failed to translate torrid growth and demographic shifts in Texas to a path out of the political wilderness.

Supercharged Texas has boomed to nearly 30 million people over the last decade and has five of the nation's 12 largest cities. Texas' explosive growth is driven almost entirely by new Latino and Black residents, traditionally Democratic voters, and Democrats say those demographic shifts combined with fatigue over crises and GOP culture wars could drive Abbott out of office.

Republicans have mocked O'Rourke as overhyped since he dropped out of the presidential race. One of O'Rourke's first projects after ending his White House bid — leading a charge to flip the Texas House — failed to pick up a single additional seat for Democrats.

Still, it began a reboot for O'Rourke, who teased his run for president with a cover story in Vanity Fair and soul-searching blog posts but has spent much of the past 18 months as a party activist and organizer. He knocked on doors along the Texas-Mexico border to sign up new voters and led a nearly 30-mile (48-kilometer) march to the state Capitol.

He has also proved that he can still tap into a large network of donors, who fueled his record $80 million in fundraising during his Senate campaign.

Texas Man Tells Beto O'Rourke to 'Get the Hell Out' During Campaign Stop .
"I'm in your grill telling you don't come back. We don't want you here," the man told O'Rourke in a video that has gone viral on Twitter.In the video, the man identifies himself as a native Houstonian named Robert and asks to shake O'Rourke's hand before unloading his thoughts on the candidate.

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