Beto O’Rourke announces campaign for Texas governor

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke said Monday that he is running to become governor of Texas, aiming to become the first Democrat to hold the seat since the 1990s.

In a video announcing his decision, O’Rourke begins by discussing the failure of the state’s power grid in February and the response from the state government, saying that those who lost their power, heat and water “were abandoned by those who were elected to serve and look out for them. It’s a symptom of a much larger problem that we have in Texas right now.”