Beto O'Rourke to challenge Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022, report says

Former El Paso congressman and 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke may be looking to challenge Texas Governor Greg Abbott in the 2022 elections.

Axios reported Sunday that O’Rourke will make “an announcement expected later this year” declaring his run at the governorship.

O’Rourke is a former El Paso City Council representative, three-term congressman, 2018 U.S. senator candidate and voting rights activist. 

A poll from the Dallas Morning News reported that O’Rourke is narrowing the gap with Abbott. Hypothetical matchups between the two show O’Rourke trailing Abbott 37% – 42%, O’Rourke faced a 12-point deficit in July, 33%-45%.

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Fireside Campaigns, a digital and communications consulting firm that’s working with O’Rourke, provided the El Paso Times with a statement from David Wysong, O’Rourke’s former House chief of staff and longtime adviser.

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