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Democrat Beto O’Rourke Pushes Progressive Platform, Polls Show Gap Closing in Texas Governor’s Race

By Darlene McCormick Sanchez


O’Rourke blasts incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott on border policies, tightening election laws, and outlawing abortions

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke told fellow party members on Friday that his coffers are full and his poll numbers are up, giving his campaign a much-needed boost against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

O’Rourke, the keynote speaker at the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas, said he raised $27.6 million from late February to June 30 and is up 10 points in the polls against Abbott, much to the delight of delegates.

“Greg Abbott is chaos; he is corruption; he is cruelty, and he is incompetence,” O’Rourke said during the convention.

The convention, which began July 14 in Dallas, will allow delegates across Texas to vote on the party’s platform and elect party leadership. Democratic leaders at the convention focused on their plans of winning more state and national seats by running on progressive ideas. Democrats are also working to keep Latinos in South Texas voting blue.



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