When Democrat Beto O’Rourke finally announced Monday that he will indeed run for governor, it was obvious he hadn’t just thought it up overnight.

The former three-term Democratic Congressman from El Paso, who gave up his safe House seat in 2018 to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s bid for a second six-year term, already had a schedule of campaign appearances across Texas planned out for his first week. 

Dave McNeely is a columnist and long-time Texas political correspondent. 

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