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Beto O’Rourke Easily Wins Democratic Governor Primary in Texas

Beto O’Rourke during a primary election night event in Fort Worth, on March 1.
Beto O’Rourke during a primary election night event in Fort Worth, on March 1.Photographer: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg

Former congressman and 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke won the Democratic primary for Texas governor as he seeks to become the first member of his party elected to statewide office in almost three decades.

O’Rourke, 49, had received 92% of votes in the primary race Tuesday, according to a partial count tabulated by the Associated Press. He faced four challengers, none of whom received more than 3% support, according to the early tallies.