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O’Rourke to Hold 70 Campaign Events Over 49 Days

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke | Image by Texas Monthly

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke will embark on a 49-day tour around the state of Texas as he challenges Republican Governor Greg Abbott.

O’Rourke will hold 70 public events in more than 65 counties as part of the tour. The gubernatorial hopeful will begin the journey on July 19 in his hometown of El Paso before reaching every region of the state, including some of the most sparsely populated areas.


More than a dozen of the candidate’s planned stops will be in South Texas, where Republicans have made inroads in recent years with the large population of Spanish-speaking voters. O’Rourke will also make stops in every major city in the state and some of the tiniest towns, including Marathon in far West Texas and Spearman in the Panhandle.

“We are going to bring people together in every part of this state to overcome Abbott’s extremism, incompetence, cruelty, and corruption and focus on the big things that unite us: great jobs, world-class schools, the ability to see a doctor and lowering costs so every Texan can live to their full potential,” O’Rourke said in a statement.

O’Rourke, a former congressman who nearly defeated Republican Senator Ted Cruz in the 2018 Senate election before unsuccessfully running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, is no stranger to long treks across the state.

During his 2018 Senate run, he visited all of the state’s 254 counties. O’Rourke has also said he plans to repeat that feat during his campaign for governor.

Gov. Abbott spent plenty of time campaigning ahead of the March primary when he faced a handful of primary challengers further to his right, but he has not held many campaign events since then.

It remains to be seen how much time Abbott will spend campaigning while O’Rourke embarks on his latest campaign journey.

“The governor is continuing to run the state, the economic engine that is running the country, and aggressively campaign for reelection,” Abbott campaign communications director Mark Miner told Fox News.

Last month, his campaign flexed its significant financial advantage over the challenger by announcing plans to spend an initial sum of nearly $20 million on advertising.

Polls consistently show the governor holding a mid to high single-digit lead over O’Rourke. In a Texas Politics Project poll from July 6, 45% of respondents indicated they would vote for Abbott, compared to 39% for O’Rourke.

The last Democrat to win a gubernatorial election in Texas was Ann Richards in 1990.     

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Paul
Paul
2 months ago

His name is Robert Francis O’Rourke
He is a fraud, a gun grabber and a radical leftist.

T-Mac
T-Mac
Reply to  Paul
2 months ago

You forgot to mention that he’s an idiot. 😉

Bud
Bud
Reply to  T-Mac
2 months ago

Yes, he is an idiot and will only waste our time and money.

David
David
Reply to  Paul
2 months ago

At least he didn’t rape and murder his sister’s child like Abbott did. He just got off because they didn’t read him his Miranda rights

caseyp
caseyp
Reply to  David
2 months ago

Can you post a link to that story? Did you hear that on CNN?

Bobby
Bobby
Reply to  David
2 months ago

Another dumbass comment from a libturd – Betos Dad kept him out of prison….F OFF

Ben Barnett
Ben Barnett
Reply to  David
2 months ago

This is crap.

yvette
yvette
Reply to  David
2 months ago

David….and you BELIEVE THAT BS?

Lee
Lee
Reply to  yvette
2 months ago

You can fool some of the people all the time, Obama did it and Biden is trying.

Lee
Lee
Reply to  David
2 months ago

David, you appear to be an easily led lemming that believes the Democrat lies about bad guns, good abortion, support the lazy and that Joe Biden is great and a victim of evil Republican caused inflation, high energy costs and anything else he can think of to blame his incompetence on. BETO will fly the Texas economy into the ground just like Biden has done to the USA. Socialism won’t work in Texas. Do your homework before repeating liberal boogie man stories. O’roar k promises “great jobs, world-class schools, the ability to see a doctor and lowering costs so every Texan can live to their full potential”. Liberal pie in the sky on the big rock candy mountain. Keep on smoking that stuff Francis.

caseyp
caseyp
Reply to  Paul
2 months ago

And a criminal.Don’t forget that in the 90’s he was twice arrested in his hometown of El Paso–once for burglery and the other time for driving while intoxicated.He was let go because his daddy was a judge at the time.

Stephen Smith
Stephen Smith
2 months ago

I’d like to know what he’s done….ever?

Bud
Bud
Reply to  Stephen Smith
2 months ago

He has done nothing except waste time and money and is a complete moron with money.

T-Mac
T-Mac
Reply to  Stephen Smith
2 months ago

He was arrested for attempted forcible entry and attempted burglary in 1995 and DWI and fleeing the scene of an accident (which he caused) in 1998. Other than that; he ain’t done much.


Lee
Lee
Reply to  Stephen Smith
2 months ago

He successfully avoided jail for Felony charges of breaking and entering and burglary, charges that were dropped a year later, no information of why that happened. He again avoided jail for Felony charges of DWI (1998) by completing a “misdemeanor diversion program” (an alternative adjudication program, “DWI school”) in October 1999, and the charge was dropped even though State and local police reports show that O’Rourke was driving drunk at what a witness called “a high rate of speed” in a 75 mph zone on Interstate 10 about a mile from the New Mexico border. He lost control and hit a truck, sending his car careening across the center median into oncoming lanes. The witness, who stopped at the scene, later told police that O’Rourke had tried to drive away from the scene. O’Rourke recorded a 0.136 and 0.134 on police breathalyzers, above a blood-alcohol level of 0.10, the state legal limit at the time.
See, he’s good at something, but he’s not in the same class as Bill and Hilary.

Kelli
Kelli
2 months ago

Nasty disgusting crooked wanna be governor! You have a criminal background and you a liar that can’t keep his words straight! Leave TEXAS you belong in California or new york

T-Mac
T-Mac
2 months ago

I remember when Ann Richards broke her back.

RiverKing
RiverKing
Reply to  T-Mac
2 months ago

Relevance?

Jane
Jane
Reply to  RiverKing
2 months ago

The article mentions, “The last Democrat to win a gubernatorial election in Texas was Ann Richards in 1990.” I remember Ann fondly as well. I was a Democrat then. NEVER AGAIN.

T-Mac
T-Mac
Reply to  RiverKing
30 days ago

Just a little history. She got her earings caught in her ankle bracelets and rolled off a pool table in a biker bar. She recovered.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

Globalist ass clown

Nick Vagas
Nick Vagas
2 months ago

Let’s find out where he lives, works and dines! And protest him everywhere he goes! Just like Maxine Waters commanded! “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere. We’ve got to get the children connected to their parents,” What’s GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER! #Let’s go Brandon!

John
John
Reply to  Nick Vagas
2 months ago

Looks like that would be an effective way to deal with this POS.

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
2 months ago

Can hardy wait for his Spanglish to come out even if he reads from cue cards. Wonder how many boo’s he will get unless the audience has been specifically put in place.

Jack
Jack
2 months ago

The eternal campaigner. How did we in Texas get stuck with “Son of Newsom”? He isn’t fit to do anything but run from the police.

ed lopez
ed lopez
2 months ago

If you want gun control, abortion, rights, voter rights, immigration reform, and a state government serving Texas’s citizens, VOTE BLUE! It’s time we got rid of Abbott,Patrick and Paxton.

caseyp
caseyp
Reply to  ed lopez
2 months ago

Exactly. We DO NOT want gun control, abortion, rights, voter rights, immigration reform. Texans want a state government serving Texas’s citizens that’s why the majority VOTE RED!

ed lopez
ed lopez
Reply to  caseyp
2 months ago

The Republican platform, is based on Lies, Blame,Hate and steal !

Jack
Jack
Reply to  ed lopez
2 months ago

It appears that Ed is another one of those semi literate lefties who believes that projection is debate. Sorry, Eduardo, but your lack of literacy is only exceeded by your dishonesty.

T-Mac
T-Mac
Reply to  ed lopez
2 months ago

Voter rights? You mean like the last POTUS election where ID’s weren’t required in some states because the people are too stupid to go get one? Is that what you mean by voter rights? Or did you want people to be able to vote four and five times? Or maybe we could let people vote days after the election. Is that what you mean by voter rights? Or the way Dallas has Gerrymandered the county to make it almost impossible to have Republican representation? Is that what you mean by voter rights? I swear to GOD I am sick and tired of you Socialists whining about your rights! You have the same rights as every other American in this country under the constitution, so just stop it! If you want to whine about something, whine about that moron y’all voted into office (with a little help from George Soros and some good old fashioned ballot box stuffing and other means of election theft). Start there.

Bobby
Bobby
Reply to  ed lopez
2 months ago

MORON ALERT – VOTE BLUE FOR SATAN

Kirk
Kirk
Reply to  ed lopez
2 months ago

You are really very clueless all those things you speak of were created by demonwit Democrats.

caseyp
caseyp
2 months ago

I cannot believe there are people who actually waste their money supporting a three-time loser. They are less intelligent than the ones who vote for him.

RiverKing
RiverKing
Reply to  caseyp
2 months ago

My understanding is that it’s California money being wasted in Texas so there’s that minor positive note.

Lee
Lee
Reply to  caseyp
2 months ago

He and his wife are worth millions, you can throw lots of campaign fund raisers with that. Lots of money in liberal Austin and from anonymous people across the border that would like to see the wall go down, as beto has promised.

John
John
2 months ago

This POS is part of the swamp. Let’s all defeat this s*head for, hopefully, one last time.

Lee
Lee
Reply to  John
2 months ago

Watch for voter fraud, lots of people buried in cemeteries vote the Democrat ticket.

poppapug
poppapug
2 months ago

“Fredo” has no chance. He should forget about politics and work for his wife’s family, whom I believe have money. Fredo has no experience at anything, except trying to get elected/ His fence and gun opinions change almost weekly. He’d have a much better shot at public office in California, New York, or Colorado.

Ben Barnett
Ben Barnett
2 months ago

beto lied about visiting ALL Counties in Texas by car. This is physically impossible in the time he claimed he did it.

Bobby
Bobby
Reply to  Ben Barnett
2 months ago

NO ONE in Knox County TX ever saw him….BIG LIE BY A DUMBASSOCRAT