Beto O’Rourke Eyes Bid for Governor


With the political landscape of Texas becoming more divisive and spitefully partisan by the day, the upcoming campaign for governor is looking to be increasingly challenging. 

Regardless, the daunting task of campaigning in such a divided state isn’t hindering the ambitions of El Paso Democrat Beto O’Rourke as he eyes a possible bid against incumbent Greg Abbott. 


O’Rourke, who previously served three terms in congress and was a candidate for the 2020 presidential election, could be exactly the man for the job when it comes to dethroning Governor Greg Abbott. Despite having been in office since 2014 with a majority of the votes, Abbott’s approval ratings have dipped to a pessimistic 41%, according to a poll conducted by the Texas Politics Project. Moreover in a hypothetical showdown projected by the Dallas Morning News, O’Rourke trailed closely behind with a 37% to Abbott’s 42%; a much slimmer margin of defeat than the one originally showcased earlier on in the year (Axios). 


The neck-and-neck projections come after Governor Abbott has made national headlines for several immensely controversial policies. Perhaps most notably of these is the Texas Heartbeat Act, a bill that prohbits abortions taking place after an ultrasound can first detect a fetal “heartbeat,” making it the fist six-week abortion ban in the United States, a period in which many women aren’t ever aware they are pregnant (Texas Tribune). Added to this was Abbott’s signing a Texas voting bill into law, which aims to severely restrict the voting process in diverse, predominantly Democratic counties. 


While Abbott’s decline in popularity would be beneficial to O’Rourke, the El Paso politician still faces a tough road ahead. With harsh voting restrictions facing Democratic voters and a still heavy Republican presence in Texas, Beto O’Rourke must be prepared to pull out all the stops if he wants to prevent Abbott from collecting a third term.