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McConaughey vs. Abbott may be ready to take place in 2022.
The 51-year-old actor’s prospects of running for Texas governor are gaining steam after reports indicate he has been “making calls” to major political figures within the state.
The path to the gubernatorial race in the Lone Star State is heating up, now that McConaughey’s star power has entered the ring and is set to challenge Republican Greg Abbott. He gave a spree of interviews, indicating that the actor is reaching out for support to gauge his chances at the seat.
According to a report from Politico released on Sunday, the actor has been in contact with a “deep-pocketed moderate Republican and energy CEO.” Republican strategist Karl Rove said that he finds the move “improbable, but not out of the question.”
The Oscar-winning actor, known for his roles in Dazed and Confused, Wolf of Wall Street, Tropic Thunder, and the award-winning Dallas Buyer’s Club, is showing strong polls numbers against current governor Greg Abbott.
In a poll conducted among Texans early April, McConaughey gained 45% of the participants’ votes, while Abbott gained 33% of the votes. 22% of voters said they would vote for a different candidate.
His inclusion in the race is a true challenge to Abbott, who showed fearless leadership during the pandemic and alleviated the COVID restrictions that plagued almost ever other state except Florida.
Abbott dropped the mask mandate in Texas in early March and fully opened Texas months ahead of other states, and yet infection rates in the state remain at an all-time low. Texans across the state have backed Abbott’s decisions, which have caused major economic growth and an influx of citizens from states such as California. Thus, Texas has reaped the benefits of freedom under Abbott’s watch.
Joining a wave of entertainers turning to politics, including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s recent interest in a presidential run in 2024, McConaughey might still appeal to Texas voters who want to pull away from the wildly polemic conversation surrounding American politics today.
If McConaughey’s elected, voters can just hope that his policies keep the state “All Right, All Right, All Right.” Or else another California’s on the way.