Beto O’Rourke just does not know when to give up. After a failed run at the U.S. Senate and as a Democratic presidential candidate, the politician is now considering a run at the role of Texas governor. In an interview with an El Paso radio station, O’Rourke said that he was thinking about throwing his hat into the ring in an attempt to unseat the current governor, Greg Abbott.
In response to O’Rourke’s interest in his job, Abbott reminded Texans that the former congressman will come for their guns, open the state’s borders, and kill the energy sector. Abbott is right in asserting that this will not sit well with people in the Lone Star State. O’Rourke’s response to Abbott was that he was responsible for the over 36,000 Texans who have lost their lives to COVID-19.
Abbott is up for reelection in 2022. The governor currently has an approval rating of 47%, not exactly record numbers for a Republican in a red state. Among registered Republicans, Abbott’s approval rating is 81%. What is most concerning to Abbott’s camp is the 39% disapproval rating among independents. However, this number is largely due to Abbott’s handling of the COVID-19 health crisis. Supporters of Abbott are confident that this will improve by 2022 as the nation gets past the pandemic.
Abbott’s History in the Office
Abbott became governor in 2014 when he beat Democrat Wendy Davis by almost 19 percentage points. Four years later, Abbott defeated Democrat Lupe Valdez with 56% of the state’s vote. Most impressively, Abbott was able to secure 42% of the Hispanic vote along with 16% of the Black vote.