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Beto O’Rourke Running for Texas Governor in Challenge to Abbott

  • Says he wants to ‘get past this smallness and divisiveness’
  • No Democrat has won statewide office in Texas since 1992
Beto O'Rourke greets attendees at a campaign stop in Houston, Texas, in 2019.
Beto O'Rourke greets attendees at a campaign stop in Houston, Texas, in 2019.Photographer: Scott Dalton/Bloomberg
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Beto O’Rourke is running for governor of Texas in 2022, challenging the Republican incumbent Greg Abbott with a pledge to avoid the culture-war politics that have turned off some business groups and instead focus on quality-of-life issues.

The Democrat said Abbott’s administration has been prioritizing issues like abortion and gun rights at the expense of day-to-day concerns like the resiliency of the electricity grid, the quality of schools and availability of jobs.