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Former Texas congressman and one-time major presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke announced Monday that he is entering the 2022 Texas gubernatorial race, which includes another contender against Governor Greg Abbott.

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O’Rourke confirmed her bid for governor on Monday, following speculation in recent weeks that her Political Action Committee had announced an announcement was coming soon.

O’Rourke ran for US President in 2020 and for the Senate in 2018 after serving three terms in the House of Representatives.

He would be running against the incumbent government Abbott, and in a recent poll, Abbott led O’Rourke by just one point in a potential matchup.

In a video, O’Rourke said that if he is elected, “we can advance the petty and divisive politics we see in Texas today.”

If elected, O’Rourke would become the first Democrat to win the office since Ann Richards, who lost to George W. Bush in 1994.

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