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Beto O'Rourke holds his first official 2020 presidential campaign rally in El Paso on March 30, 2019.
Texas 2022 Elections

Beto O’Rourke enters 2022 a weaker candidate with a harder race

O’Rourke joins the 2022 gubernatorial race as Texas’ best-known Democrat, but he carries considerably more baggage after a series of political failures, including his bids for U.S. Senate and president. This time, instead of riding a blue wave nationally, he’ll be fighting a red one.

Beto O'Rourke speaks to his supporters after losing to Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm elections, Tuesday, November 6, 2018, in…

A series of losses

Presidential candidate and El Paso native Beto O'Rourke walks with U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-El Paso, right, during a Si…
Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, talks in the spin room after the 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential debate in Hous…
Former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke and former Vice President Joe Biden visit a Whataburger after O'Rourk…
Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, speaks at “Texans Rally for Our Voting Rights” at the Texas Capitol in Austin on …
Beto O'Rourke, then-candidate for U.S. Senate, greets supporters at a campaign rally in Austin on Nov. 4, 2018.

Running a different race

Activists hold signs advocating for improvements to Texas’ energy grid at a progressive rally at the south gate of the Capit…

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