Former Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is reportedly considering mounting another campaign for public office, this time challenging Texas governor Greg Abbott. The Associated Press first reported that the former Senate contender and presidential candidate is mulling a gubernatorial run Monday morning.
According to The Hill:
He rose to prominence in 2018 during his high-profile Senate run against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), which he narrowly lost. Months later, he launched a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, though he suspended his campaign in November 2019, months before the primaries and caucuses began.
After dropping out of the presidential race, O’Rourke launched a political action committee (PAC) to boost Democrats in Texas ahead of the 2020 election. He has also been teaching virtual classes at two Texas universities.
Democrats have sought to make gains in Texas in recent years, though their efforts have been dealt a series of setbacks. In 2020, former President Donald Trump carried the state for a second time, while Democrats failed to make any gains down ballot.
Following their 2020 losses, the Texas Democratic Party commissioned a retrospective of the election, eventually concluding that a lack of in-person campaigning and inadequate voter outreach amid the coronavirus pandemic played a crucial role in their defeats.
The news is shocking considering after multiple failed attempts at higher office O’Rourle indicated he would not seek public office again.