Matthew McConaughey Will Not Run for Texas Governor

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  • Matthew McConaughey
    Matthew McConaughey
    American actor
  • Greg Abbott
    48th Governor of Texas, since 2015

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Matthew McConaughey has bowed out of the upcoming Texas gubernatorial election.

The 52-year-old actor announced his decision in a video message posted to Instagram on Sunday night. “As a simple kid born in the little town of Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership,” McConaughey said. “It’s a humbling and inspiring path to ponder. It is also a path that I’m choosing not to take at this moment.”

Instead, McConaughey said he would “continue to work and invest the bounty I have by supporting entrepreneurs, businesses and foundations that I’ve believe are leaders, establishments that I believe are creating pathways for people to succeed in life, organizations that have a mission to serve and build trust while also generating prosperity. That’s the American dream.”

The self-described centrist had flirted with the idea of a gubernatorial run for the last year, and had attracted strong support in early head-to-head polls against incumbent governor Greg Abbott and his Democratic rival, former congressman Beto O’Rourke. A recent poll conducted by the Dallas Morning News found McConaughey eight points ahead of Abbott and over 20 points ahead of O’Rourke.

O’Rourke, who was a punk rock musician before going into politics, announced his candidacy for governor earlier this month. The election will take place on November 8th, 2022.

Matthew McConaughey Will Not Run for Texas Governor
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