A Democrat declared his intention to replace the Texas governor on Nov. 15.
Beto O’Rourke wants to govern the Lone Star State.
“I am running for governor,” he said on Twitter. “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.”
I’m running for governor.— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) November 15, 2021
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.
Join us: https://t.co/eMY5wwf6an pic.twitter.com/yrG1WOkpqk
However, Texas has not elected a Democrat to the position for more than 30 years since Gov. Ann Richards (D) in 1990. Incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott, who won the 2015 election, has no plans to retire and intends to stay for a third term.
O’Rourke is still running for public office despite the odds against him.
“It is not going to be easy but it is possible,” he told the Associated Press.
O’Rourke used to be a U.S. congressman between 2013 and 2019. He unsuccessfully ran against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in 2018, before joining the 2020 U.S. presidential race where he dropped out early due to a lack of campaign funds.
O’Rourke previously championed weaker immigration regulation and tighter gun control measures.
“We are gonna take your AR-15, your AK-47, and we are not going to allow it to be used against your fellow Americans anymore,” he said at the time.
In a campaign video, O’Rourke promised not to neglect to counter last winter’s power crisis. He also blasted the GOP agenda for ignoring issues that voters “actually agree on,” like increasing Medicare and legalizing marijuana.
Abbott experienced a drop in approval due to the power blackout crisis and his refusal to mandate face masks and vaccines. He was also lambasted for the banning abortion procedures after the 16th week of pregnancy.
The Republican is confident Texans will not be swayed by his rival’s liberal agenda.
“The last thing Texans need is President Biden’s radical liberal agenda coming to Texas under the guise of Beto O’Rourke,” Abbott spokesman Mark Miner said in a statement obtained by CBS News. “The contrast for the direction of Texas could not be clearer.”
Welcome to the party of freedom, opportunity & prosperity @RyanGuillen.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 15, 2021
As Dems move further left, they're abandoning the people of South Texas & their values.
Rep. Guillen's decision to switch parties is indicative of a shifting landscape in South Texas. pic.twitter.com/6gwEV0DNqB