Beto O’Rourke to Stop in Lubbock During 49-Day Texas Governor Campaign
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.