Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, is reportedly making ready a bid to challenge Republican Gov. Greg Abbott contained in the Texas gubernatorial race subsequent November.

O’Rourke is predicted to formally announce his 2022 gubernatorial bid in Texas later this yr, Axios reported Sunday, citing Texas political operatives.

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O’Rourke, a former three-term congressman from El Paso, misplaced his U.S. Senate bid within the route of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in 2018 regardless of elevating a record-breaking $80 million contained in the race that gained nationwide consideration. He later failed in his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. 

The former congressman is seemingly hoping to restart his political occupation in a state politically divided by hot-button elements like abortion, immigration and COVID-19.

“We hope that he’s going to run,” Gilberto Hinojosa, the state chair of the Democratic Party, instructed Axios. “We think he’ll be our strongest candidate. We think he can beat Abbott, because he’s vulnerable.”

Abbott’s “prohibition against mask and vaccination mandates have not gone over well with Texans,” Hinojosa continued. “And with the abortion law, Republicans have raised the anger level of Texas women higher than anyone has ever seen before.” 

David Wysong, O’Rourke’s former House chief of employees and a longtime adviser, sought to shoot down the rumors when reached by Axios, saying, “No decision has been made.”

Still, Axios reported that O’Rourke has been calling political allies to solicit their recommendation, “leaving them with the impression that he’s made his decision to run.”

A new poll for the Dallas Morning News shows that O’Rourke has lower Abbott’s lead from 12 share parts to 5 in a hypothetical matchup, whereas actor Matthew McConaughey, one completely different potential challenger, has soared to 9 share parts forward of the governor.

Abbott’s workplace didn’t return Fox News’ request for remark.