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Texans are speculating that former congressman and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke to announce a gubernatorial run after his political action committee, Power by People, teased a “big announcement coming soon” on social media. is ready.

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O’Rourke has reportedly been running for governor for months, in what will be his first political campaign since he struggled to break out of a crowded Democratic field since his exit from the presidential race in 2019.

He will also be the first serious Democratic candidate in 2022 to throw his hat in the ring against incumbent Greg Abbott, the Republican who has been governor of Texas since 2015.

Last week, polling suggested O’Rourke would be only one percentage point behind Abbott if the former decided to run for governor, but in a more recent poll released Friday, Abbott was ahead of O’Rourke. 9 percentage points,

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