Beto O'Rourke announced in a video that he will be kicking off on the campaign trail Tuesday, July 19th, in what's being called the Drive for Texas.

The event is a 49-day grassroots campaign where O'Rourke will travel more than 5,600 miles in the hopes of gaining enough voters to defeat incumbent Republican governor Greg Abbott during election time.

Governor Abbott is leading in the race, but the democrat O'Rourke is not far behind him, with just a 5-point difference between the two candidates in a recent poll by the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs. O'Rourke also edged out Abbott in recent fundraising efforts, amassing $27.6 million to Abbott's $24.9 million from late February through June, according to the Texas Tribune.

According to the Drive for Texas website, O'Rourke plans to explain to the citizens of Texas how he wants to better the state:

"creating great jobs, investing in world-class schools, expanding health care so more people can see a doctor and lowering costs so families can afford to live in this state."

O'Rourke will also highlight the many decisions made by Governor Abbott in what he called "extremism":

"his total ban on abortion with no exception for rape or incest, to defunding public schools, driving up inflation and blocking commonsense measures to keep kids and communities safe."

O'Rourke will be stopping in the Hub City to talk with citizens about what he plans to do if elected Governor of Texas and what sets him apart from Governor Abbott.

The Drive for Texas Town Hall will be held at the Lubbock Science Spectrum on Thursday, July 21st from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Citizens who want to attend the town hall event can sign up online.

I Experienced My First Pig Race And It Was Epic

When I am asked if I want to go to a local festival normally I am for it because you can enjoy some good festival food. I would say that very little percentage would ever say "I love festivals because of pig races."

This 4th of July I had the chance to experience my first ever pig race at the North Brunswick Youth Sports Festival and I will say that if you have never experienced that you are missing out.

The coolest part was that you can place a "bet" on the pigs that you think will win without seeing the pig. The more races you win the bigger the prize you win.

All the racing pigs have some great names from, Tyrone the Terrible, Lady Hog-ga, Cardi P, Sizzling Sausage, Britney Spear-Ribs, and more.

I had the chance to be the cheerleader for one of the racing pigs and since my pig won I got an awesome sticker that said "promote pork. run over a chicken today."

With all that said, you must experience pig races and it'll be the time of your life I guarantee it.

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