Democratic former US Rep. Beto O’Rourke confirmed Monday that he will run for Texas governor next year, his latest bid for high office after two campaigns that have received much media attention, but had no success at the ballot box.
O’Rourke is the immediate front-runner to win the Democratic primary and challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who will be seeking his third term next year.
“It’s not going to be easy [to win]. But it is possible,” O’Rourke told the Associated Press prior to his announcement. “I do believe very strongly, from listening to people in this state, that they’re very unhappy with the direction that Greg Abbott has taken Texas.”
O’Rourke burst onto the national scene when he challenged Sen.