Democrat Beto O’Rourke, former congressman and presidential candidate in the 2020 elections, announced this Monday morning launching his campaign that seeks to defeat Texas Governor Greg Abbott in 2022.
“I’m going to run and I want to tell you why. This past February, when the power grid collapsed and millions of Texans were left without power … they were abandoned by those chosen to serve and watch over them,” he said in a video on Twitter.
“This is a symptom of a bigger problem: those in positions of trust have stopped listening, serving and paying attention to Texans and do not focus on the situations we want,” he added.
The 49-year-old politician, who nearly ousted Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate seat in 2018, is now seeking to prevent Abbott from achieving a third term in the state governorship. At the moment, O’Rourke is the only Democrat who has launched his candidacy.
“It won’t be easy, but it is possible”O’Rourke told the AP news agency shortly before his announcement. “I firmly believe, after listening to the people of this state, that they are very unhappy with the direction that Greg Abbott has taken for Texas,” he added.
An uphill contest
Next year’s Texas gubernatorial race, moreover, will possibly be one of the most expensive. O’Rourke has already generated a lot of attention and money in his presidential bid, and could make Democrats bet millions of dollars on his figure to, again, try to get Texas into the hands of that party.
However, that is still uphill. Yes OK the growing number of Latino, youth, and college-educated voters is good for Democrats, The heavy spending the party incurred in the 2020 presidential elections left them with little room for maneuver, according to an AP report.
Also, at the national level, the outlook for Democrats appears to be even more difficult heading into next year’s midterm elections.
Texas has not elected a Democratic governor since Ann Richards in 1990. And recent election maps, which went into effect last October, have propped up Republicans in the suburbs where that party had stumbled. This could mean less competitive races and lower electoral turnout.
O’Rourke he would have to win not only hundreds of thousands of new voters, but also some of his old supporters. When he lost to Cruz by just 2.5 percentage points, Abbott won reelection by a double-digit margin, reflecting the large number of Texans who voted for O’Rourke and Abbott for governor.