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Beto O’Rourke’s Illness Sets Back His Campaign for Texas Governor

  • The El Paso Democrat is seeking to oust incumbent Greg Abbott
  • A bacterial infection forced the candidate to postpone events
Beto O’Rourke speaks during a campaign event in Bastrop, Texas, on Aug. 5.

Beto O’Rourke speaks during a campaign event in Bastrop, Texas, on Aug. 5.

Photographer: Jordan Vonderhaar/Bloomberg
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Beto O’Rourke’s long-shot bid to become the next governor of Texas was dealt a setback as the candidate announced he would pause his campaign tour after falling ill last week.

O’Rourke, 49, returned to his hometown of El Paso to recuperate from an unspecified bacterial infection that sent him to the hospital Aug. 26, and he’s already doing better, according to his campaign. But the Democrat was forced to cancel five appearances around the state, part of a 49-day tour designed to build momentum for his effort to defeat Republican incumbent Greg Abbott.