Beto O’Rourke will make campaign stops at Beaumont, Port Arthur

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The town halls are part of the Democratic gubernatorial candidate’s 49-day campaign tour of 65 counties across the state.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke will make campaign stops in Beaumont and Port Arthur this summer as he heads for his “A Drive for Texas” tour, according to the candidate’s site. O’Rourke will host a town hall in Beaumont on July 30 at 5:30 p.m. and then travel to Port Arthur on July 31 at noon. The exact locations of both events are yet to be determined.

In a recent poll, O’Rourke trails incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott by six percentage points, though that gap is closer than previous polls as the Democrat makes inroads with independent voters. O’Rourke previously called himself an “underdog” in the race, while Abbott’s campaign called his opponent a “joke.”

O’Rourke’s Drive for Texas tour will take place over 49 days beginning July 19 in his hometown of El Paso, his campaign website said. The campaign tour will include 70 events in 65 counties covering more than 5,600 miles across the state. O’Rourke previously said his goal while running for governor was to visit all 254 counties in the Lone Star State.

“Beto’s 49-Day Campaign for Texas will focus on uniting people around the popular things that Democrats, Republicans and Independents want to accomplish together: creating good jobs, investing in world-class schools, expanding health care so more people can see a doctor and cut costs so families can afford to live in this state,” O’Rourke’s campaign website said.

Those interested in attending one of the O’Rourke town halls can visit his campaign website.

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