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O'Rourke "Not Concerned" About Governor Race

U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-El Paso) told the Dallas Morning News today that he is not concerned about the Democratic party's lack of a front-runner in the race governor of Texas.

In a campaign stop, O'Rourke told the Morning News, "I'm not concerned. There's clearly something different in Texas right now...folks are coming out like I've never seen before. As word gets out, as people see that, there's going to be a greater interest in getting into the race."

Two candidates have announced bids for governor on the Democratic Party's ticket. Jeffrey Payne and Tom Wakely have announced bids for governor. U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) is reportedly considering a bid for governor, but has not committed to a run. Former Texas Senator Wendy Davis has also been mentioned as a potential candidate. Davis ran against Governor Greg Abbott in 2014, garnering 39 percent to Abbott's 59 percent.

Abbott looks to be unopposed, at the moment, on the Republican side.

Candidates have until December to announce and file a candidacy

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