With 2021 coming to an end, many states across the nation are preparing for the governor’s races coming up next year. While Americans often hear about the midterm races coming up in 2022, the gubernatorial elections have the power to make or break states.
Look no further than the massive differences between leadership in Florida vs. New York. Governor’s races matter more in current times than they ever have previously. In a recent Cato Institute report, Florida was listed as the second most accessible state in America. Meanwhile, New York earned the state’s ranking with the least freedom in the country.
On the heels of several gubernatorial races, states with the most contentious races have been cited as Georgia, Nevada, Arizona, and Michigan. As RedState points out, it speaks volumes that Texas’ 2022 gubernatorial election didn’t make the list of ones that are projected to be highly competitive.
Republican Governor Greg Abbott is up for reelection next year in Texas and has declared his candidacy to seek a third term. Enter Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke looking to unseat Abbott.
However, there are several issues with O’Rourke, and all of these could be factors concerning why the Texas Democrat isn’t seen as a severe threat to Abbott.
For starters, O’Rourke has a proven track record of losing races. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. In 2018, O’Rourke lost the Texas senatorial race to Republican Ted Cruz. Then, during the 2020 presidential election, O’Rourke failed to get his party to nominate him as their candidate to face Trump.
The issues with O’Rourke go beyond merely his history of losing elections. It also includes his policies. The Texas Democrat has made it clear that he intends to come after the Second Amendment and after Texans’ legally owned firearms if he ascends to power.
It is problematic, and it’s not going to do O’Rourke any real favors, especially when trying to win enough votes to unseat Abbott.
After O’Rourke announced his candidacy to become Texas governor, Governor Abbott lambasted as “wrong for Texas.” Abbott then pointed out the Texas Democrat’s support for gun grabs, illegal immigration, high taxes, and a series of other disastrous stances on public policy.
Democrats have been working hard to flip Texas into a blue state and turn it into California 2.0. However, if the general election comes down to Abbott vs. O’Rourke, the win is almost guaranteed to go to the incumbent Republican governor.
If Beto O’Rourke has even an iota of wisdom, he will take his ball and go home.