TX: O’Rourke to run for governor

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“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 phenomenon 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. ‘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.” (11/15/21)