Beto is Forced to Pause His Gubernatorial Campaign

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If you hadn’t heard, Democrat and seemingly constant loser Robert “Beto” O’Rourke is running for yet another political office. This time, he’s keeping his sights on his own home state, seeking to unseat incumbent and high-profile Republican Governor Greg Abbott.

But things aren’t looking all that great for the two-time loser in this race, either.

The first reason is that he’s just been forced to put his campaign on hold, albeit just for a short time.

On Sunday, Beto announced that he had recently been diagnosed with a “bacterial infection” after feeling unwell and leaving a book signing event early on Friday in San Antonio.

He noted that he felt poor enough, in fact, that he went to Methodist Hospital in the city, where he was quickly seen, diagnosed, and treated. The former congressman thanks the staff and doctors there, saying they gave him “excellent care and attention, including IV antibiotics and rest.”

It was noted that he did not have COVID-19, but no other details as to his specific illness were made known.

And while he’s been released from the hospital now, he says he’s under the doctor’s order to rest a bit more. So he’s postponing upcoming fundraising and campaign events in both San Antonio and Corpus Christi.

In a text message to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on Friday, Beto’s spokesman, Chris Evans, said that he will be “taking some time to rest up at home this weekend before returning to the campaign trail.”

However, no return date has been announced as of yet. Neither have any events been rescheduled or plans been put in place for him to get back on the road.

Now, we can surely understand him wanting to rest up and get better before reentering what has to be a rather hectic schedule. As I mentioned, he’s campaigning against not just any old Republican. This is Greg Abbott, a man who has held the governor’s mansion for three terms now and one who is fairly well known and respected throughout the nation.

Of course, that’s not all Abbott has going for him.

I mean, this is Texas, after all, where most voters seem to be pro-gun, pro-life, and pro-God. Naturally, Republicans have had control for quite a long time. In fact, the last time a Democrat won the governor’s seat was back in 1990. And it didn’t last long.

This alone doesn’t speak well for Beto, who is not only a Democrat but has been one of the loudest anti-gun advocates in the nation in recent years. Remember his 2020 presidential campaign that ran largely on the idea that he would demand a mandatory buyback for assault weapons?

And in a state where some 1.6 million guns were purchased in 2021 alone, Beto’s views on firearms aren’t likely to go over well.

Neither are his policy positions on immigration.

While much of Texas sees the destruction Biden’s open border policies have wrought on a daily basis, Beto is one of the few who still seems to think that less is more when it comes to border security.

Now, of course, that doesn’t mean Beto has no followers in the state. In fact, as far as Democrats go, he’s got one of the largest there is in the Lone Star State.

But as even he has admitted to The New York Times, he won’t be able to “win this with Democrats alone.”

And so that means lots of traveling and lots of meeting the people, Republicans included. Hell, he’s even started to ask protesters at his events to home to future rallies. I’m sure he’s gaining some supporters along the way.

But it’s unlikely to be enough to beat out long-time Texas favorite Abbott. According to a recent poll from The Dall Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler, Abbott is currently ahead by about seven percentage points.

Neither is a period of rest and recovery from an illness going to help much. At this point, he needs all the help he can get if he’s going to make any progress in narrowing that gap between now and November, which is just a couple of months away now.

It looks like he’ll be losing again.