THREE STRIKES: Once Highly Touted Beto O’Rourke Loses Third Election

Beto O'Rourke

At a glance

  • O’Rourke, a former congressman, fell short in his race to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott the Fox News Decision Desk projected, marking his third loss in four years after running for U.S. Senate in Texas in 2018 and president in 2020.
  • Although O’Rourke was highly touted by Democrats in each of his campaigns, he consistently failed to gain traction with voters following his 2018 run for Senate, and ultimately he became parody-worthy for “Saturday Night Live” over his perennial, lackluster runs for office.
  • His decision to run for governor brought strong negative reaction from conservatives, who mocked him, and even from a local news outlet that called him unpopular and a “polarizing figure.”

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