Politics Texas Voters More Likely to Vote for Matthew McConaughey Over Beto O'Rourke, Poll Shows
Democrat Beto O'Rourke running for Texas governor in 2022
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. 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. “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.
Texas voters would be more likely to vote for actor Matthew McConaughey than Democratin the state's upcoming gubernatorial race, according to a new poll.
A survey released Sunday by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler found that among a general population of voters, Texans would choose McConaughey over O'Rourke by nearly 2-to-1. In total, 49 percent of all voters said they favored the film star, while just 27 percent said they would support O'Rourke.
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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.
McConaughey has not yet said whether he will run for the office in 2022 or even what political affiliation he would choose, but the actor has beenMeanwhile, O'Rourke, a former three-term member of the House of Representatives from El Paso, .
Nonetheless, McConaughey, a self-described "statesman-philosopher, folk-singing poet," has continually fared well in recent polls, suggesting that he may be able to put up a tough fight against both O'Rourke and GOP Governor.
In a hypothetical three-way contest, the new poll found that while Abbott remains the leading choice with 37 percent of the vote, McConaughey came in second with 27 percent, while O'Rourke had 26 percent. Overall, 40 percent of voters said they would like to see McConaughey run for office, compared with 33 percent who said otherwise.
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In a similar poll conducted in September,if he went head-to-head with Abbott, who received 35 percent of the vote in that scenario. A majority of supporters of the Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective star cited his honesty and ability to "tell it like it is."
The 51-year-old actor has just three weeks to enter the race before the candidate-filling period ends on December 13, according to the Morning News. But while his polling appears strong among a wide range of Texas voters, some analysts have expressed skepticism about whether he will run.
"He appears to be simply enjoying the publicity. It doesn't work that way. He needs to pick a party," said Gilberto Hinojosa, chair of the Texas, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Nobody knows what this guy stands for."
UT-Tyler political scientist Mark Owens, who directed the most recent poll, said that if McConaughey were to enter the race, he would likely be "more on par withthan Governor Abbott."
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O'Rourke, who previously ran against Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, is seeking to be the first statewide elected Democrat in Texas since 1994.O'Rourke gained a national profile from his ultimately unsuccessful senate campaign against Ted Cruz in 2018, where he came within just three points of defeating the incumbent senator. He also ran in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, losing out to President Joe Biden.
"Even if McConaughey delays a start in public service, both Abbott and O'Rourke have become the face of the two political parties in Texas," he said.
The most recent survey was conducted from November 9 to 16, using a population of 1,106 adults. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.
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A recent poll suggested Texans would choose McConaughey over O'Rourke by 49 percent to 27 percent if the actor ran for governor.The Dallas Buyers Club and Interstellar star confirmed that he will not throw his hat into the ring and challenge Greg Abbott to become the next Texas Governor in a video posted on Twitter Sunday night.