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Beto O’Rourke targets South Texas in bid to win back Democratic voters he’ll need to beat Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022

O’Rourke has ground to make up after his own underwhelming performance with voters there in 2018 when he ran for U.S. Senate — and turning out more Latino voters has long been key to Democratic hopes statewide.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke takes photos with supporters after a rally in downtown McAllen on Nov. 17, 2021. O’Rourke has decided to stop at the Rio Grande Valley on his first week of announcing his gubernatorial run.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto OíRourke speaks at a rally in downtown McAllen on Nov. 17, 2021. OíRourke has decided to stop at the Rio Grande Valley on his first week of announcing his gubernatorial run.
Supporters of democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke attend a rally in downtown McAllen on Nov. 17, 2021.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke holds a press conference after holding a COVID-19 roundtable in Mission on Nov. 17, 2021.

The border

Supporters of democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke attend a rally in downtown McAllen on Nov. 17, 2021.

Showing up

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke sits in a COVID-19-focused roundtable with, from left, Dr. Ivan Melendez, the Hidalgo County health authority, Richard Fleming, a McAllen doctor, and Carlos Sanchez, a former journalist from the area who now works for the county, in Mission on Nov. 17, 2021.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke, right, holds a press conference in Brownsville with Mayor Trey Mendez on Nov. 18, 2021.

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