Beto O’Rourke Hopes This Time Will Be Different in Battle for Governor Against Abbott

With reports that Beto O’Rourke is planning to challenge Governor Greg Abbott in 2022, Democrats in Texas and across the country are wondering if his third try at winning a major election could have a different outcome that his two previous high-profile losses.

O’Rourke caught fire in 2018, making Senator Ted Cruz sweat out the race, losing by just 2.5 points. But he flamed out in his run for president in 2020, failing to capture the imagination of voters despite efforts to bring similar energy to that candidacy.

If he ultimately decides to run, the former El Paso congressman would be facing an uphill battle in a bedrock red state that has voted Republican since 1980, while facing an incumbent governor with a $55 million war chest.

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