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McConaughey to Make Decision about Running for Governor “Shortly”

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Actor Matthew McConaughey. | Image from The Hollywood Reporter

In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, best-selling author and well-known actor Matthew McConaughey said he would inform the public about his possible run for Texas governor “shortly.”

The actor gave an interview with the Hollywood Reporter published on Tuesday, where he covered various topics, including his possible run for office.

McConaughey says the question of running for governor is “a new embassy of leadership” that he must “look into,” he told Hollywood Reporter. According to him, it is “Not the question of ‘Hey, do you think I could win?’ No. Let’s talk about what Texas politics is. Talk about a policy statement.”

“I’m a CEO, but being CEO of a state? Am I best equipped for the people in the state, and for my family and myself? I will let you know shortly,” he said.

McConaughey’s interview was released soon after Democrat Beto O’Rourke and Republican Governor Greg Abbott officially announced that they would participate in the gubernatorial race. McConaughey has not stated whether he would run as a Democrat or a Republican.

According to a poll released Sunday, in a three-way race between Abbott, O’Rourke, and McConaughey, Abbott had the favor of 37% of registered voters, while McConaughey had 27% and O’Rourke had 26%.

The results showed that voters would be more likely to support McConaughey over O’Rourke at an almost two-to-one ratio.

The poll also found that 43% of people support McConaughey over Abbott, who came in at 35% of those polled. 22% answered that they wanted someone else to run.

These figures stem from a poll conducted November 9-16 by Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas-Tyler, surveying 1,106 registered adult voters.

McConaughey has not given an exact deadline for announcing his decision.