Elections 2022Beto O’Rourke Says Campaign Has 44,000 Volunteers, Aims to Contact 2 Million Voters in February

The prominent Democrat raised $7.2 million from individuals since jumping into the race for governor.
January 21, 2022
The presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, Beto O’Rourke, announced his campaign is set to make over 2 million voter contacts next month with the help of 44,000 volunteers across the state.

“There is no one riding to our rescue, no cavalry coming in to save voting rights across our state. Protecting democracy lies squarely with the people of Texas,” he said in a statement.

“We’re going to meet this challenge of voter suppression by coming together and personally contacting over 2 million Texas voters — at their doors, on their phones, in their mailboxes, whatever it takes to bring them into our democracy and ensure they have a say in the future.”

According to the campaign, these volunteers will door-knock, phone bank, text, and write letters.

In 2020, Texas Democrats tried to campaign virtually due to coronavirus fears and it did not aid them in their efforts to flip the state — in all likelihood, it hurt them. O’Rourke is at the top of the ticket, and his intention to physically campaign diverges from his party’s common practice two years ago.

O’Rourke expects to face incumbent Governor Greg Abbott in November, though he has his own GOP primary opposition in March. O’Rourke has already brought in $8.9 million in the first 46 days of his campaign, but is still far outpaced by Abbott.


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Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is a senior reporter for The Texan and an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad quoting Monty Python productions and trying to calculate the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow.