Beto O’Rourke back on campaign trail in Texas after bacterial infection

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Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, an outsider trying to unseat incumbent Republican Governor Gregg Abbott, will return to the campaign trail on Friday after being diagnosed with a bacterial infection three days ago.

The former El Paso congressman is hosting an event at Laredo Firefighters Union Hall as part of his “Drive for Texas” campaign, in which he aims to drive 5,600 miles and visit 75 communities across the state.

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks during a primary campaign rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
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Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks during a primary campaign rally in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
(AP Photo/LM Otero)

O’Rourke lost to Republican Senator Ted Cruz in the 2018 Senate election before launching a failed bid for president in 2020.

He received antibiotics at a San Antonio hospital on Sunday and held virtual events this week before returning to the track for in-person events.

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O’Rourke has sought to make gun control a key issue in the race against Abbott following the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead. .

Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference in Uvalde, Texas on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during a press conference in Uvalde, Texas on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
(AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

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A Real Clear Politics average of recent polls gives Abbott a 6.8 percentage point lead over O’Rourke about two months from the election.

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