Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSupport for governors sliding in states without vaccine mandates: survey Abbott bans vaccine mandates from any 'entity in Texas' Abbott disapproval rating up 8 points to 59 percent in San Antonio area: poll MORE is reportedly making plans to run for governor in Texas.
According to Axios, O'Rourke has been making calls all over the state seeking advice from political allies.
His advisers, including his former chief of staff, David Wysong, told the news outlet that no decision has been made.
"He has been making and receiving calls with people from all over the state," Wysong said.
Axios reported Democrats say O'Rourke's national name, combined with a pre-existing network of donors, make him a strong potential candidate.
“We hope that he’s going to run,” Gilberto Hinojosa, chair of the Texas Democratic Party, said to Axios.
“We think he’ll be our strongest candidate. We think he can beat Abbott, because he’s vulnerable,” Hinojosa added, referring to Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottGOP leaders escalate battle against COVID-19 vaccine mandates Lincoln Project files ethics complaint against Abbott Arizona attorney general asks for restraining order to block federal vaccine mandate MORE (R).
Abbott has recently stirred controversy with attempts to ban mask and COVID-19 vaccine mandates, an effort to ban abortion after six weeks and decisions to close entry points to Texas as thousands of Haitian migrants gathered under an international bridge along the border in Del Rio.
O'Rourke, a former congressman, ran for senator in 2018 but was defeated by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised The Senate confirmation process is broken — Senate Democrats can fix it Australian politician on Cruz, vaccines: 'We don't need your lectures, thanks mate' MORE by about 215,000 votes.
The development comes as new polling shows plunging approval ratings for Abbott.