The Republican governor, who is up for reelection in 2022, and the state’s best-known Democrat exchanged words Thursday after O’Rourke said he will consider challenging Abbott.
by Patrick Svitek Jan. 28, 2021 Updated: 3 hours ago
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Gov. Greg Abbott and Beto O’Rourke butted heads Thursday after the Democraticformer El Paso congressman said he would consider challenging the Republican incumbent for Texas’ top elected post in 2022.
O’Rourke said during an El Paso radio interview earlier this week that a gubernatorial bid is “something I’m going to think about.” The comment began receiving wide attention after the Houston Chronicle wrote it up Thursday morning, and during an unrelated news conference hours later in Odessa, Abbott fielded a reporter’s question about a potential O’Rourke challenge.