Former Democratic congressman O'Rourke announces bid for Texas governor

O'Rourke will challenge Texas GOP Gov. Gregg Abbott in 2022.

Updated: November 15, 2021 - 9:22am

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Former Democratic congressman and 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke announced Monday that he's running for Texas governor.

O'Rourke's widely expected bid was announced in a video from his campaign, according to CBS News.

He will challenge Texas GOP Gov. Gregg Abbott in 2022.

The video focuses on the state's power grid failing last year during a cold snap, an issue expected to be a big part of the candidate's campaign. 

O'Rourke also ran a close challenge in 2018 for Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's seat.

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