Texas politics: Beto O’Rourke makes campaign stop at Fort Bend County fairgrounds

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Amid crowds his campaign estimates more than 600, Democrat Beto O’Rourke hit familiar themes in his original speech at the Fort Bend County fair .

O’Rourke talks about Texas’ power grid, voting rights, gun laws, and challenges the state’s current leadership. Then, ABC13 asked him which of the strange issues interests those who attend his rallies most.

“It is overwhelming, people are talking about jobs and talking about the kind of work we want to see here,” he said. The kind that really pay.”

But the job O’Rourke found himself would not be easy to find. Incumbent Governor Greg Abbott has a large campaign body and holds a solid Republican majority in both the Texas House of Representatives and Senate.

“It seems that in the current context, the Democrats, the Texas Democrats have a real challenge,” said Prairie View A&M assistant professor Eddy Carder. “It’s going to be an uphill battle as they make any significant reversals in Republican leadership in the next cycle.”

While O’Rourke’s path is clear through the primaries and general elections, Governor Abbott faces challenges from his own party. Notably, they come from former Texas GOP President Allen West and former State Senator Don Huffines, both of whom argue that Abbott is not conservative enough.

“To get out of the primaries, you have to serve the left in the Democratic primaries and the right in the Republican primaries,” said GOP strategist Court Koenning. peace. “And so he has to do it because he has a challenge but when the primaries are over he will probably moderate a little bit.”

There are factors that can dramatically change the dynamics. Another grid failure or a worse pandemic could hurt Abbott. Suffrage and abortion may spur some people to the polls. O’Rourke doesn’t seem to think he’s going to lose anything if he talks about what he thinks all Texans care about most.

“As we focus on work, on great schools and making sure everyone can see a doctor,” O’Rourke said. “We then give people a reason to go to the election and decide the outcome.”

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