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Beto O’Rourke reportedly plans to announce that he’ll run for Texas governor

Beto O'Rourke is seen on the campaign trail  during his Senate run in this file photo.
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Beto O'Rourke is seen on the campaign trail during his Senate run in this file photo.

EL PASO, Texas -- Former El Paso Democratic congressman Beto O'Rourke plans to soon announce that he will challenge Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's reelection bid in next year's election, Texas political operatives told Axios on Sunday.

The 48-year-old O'Rourke is one the highest profile Democrats in Texas. He was speculated to have been considering a run for governor for some time now and has periodically hinted at making a political comeback.

Since losing a close U.S. senate race to Republican Ted Cruz in 2018 and a failed 2020 presidential run, O’Rourke has launched a political action committee called 'Powered by People' that has been active in a number of causes - most notably, voting rights.

In a hypothetical gubernatorial race match-up in a recent Dallas Morning News poll, Abbott held a five percentage point lead over O'Rourke.

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

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  1. So loser Beto wants to lose again. He lost to Cruz. He lost in the Democrat presidential primaries. He failed to turn the Texas House blue in 2020. He wasted $600,000 supporting the fleebagger Texas House Democrats in D.C. Anything else to add? Oh he failed to come and take my AR15.

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