Matthew McConaughey announced he will not run for governor of Texas

Actor Matthew McConaughey announced that he will not be a candidate for governor of Texas (EFE) (DAN HIMBRECHTS DAN HIMBRECHTS /)

American actor Matthew McConaughey declared on Sunday that he will not be a candidate “for now“To the post of governor of Texas, after months of speculation about whether the artist wanted to enter political life. The prospect of the actor deciding to be a candidate encouraged left-wing circles, disenchanted with the current Republican governor Greg abbott, whose very restrictive law against abortion has been appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States.

It has never occurred to me that one day I could aspire to have a political responsibility”Said the actor in a video posted online. “It is a path that intimidates and calls for reflection. It is a path that for now I decide not to undertake”He added.

Some polls predicted that if McConaughey were a candidate would have a better chance of defeating Abbott that the democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke.

Abbott He plans to aspire to a third term in November 2022, although the deadline for submitting candidacies is December 13. At the beginning of November, McConaughey hinted during an interview with the AFP that could launch your candidacy. But in the video released on Sunday, the actor explains that he is more committed to supporting companies and foundations than “open paths for people to be successful in life”.


Just a week ago, a new survey suggested that McConaughey could defeat incumbent Republican Abbott or Democratic hopeful O’Rourke in a race for governor of Texas.

The survey of the University of Texas and Dallas morning news found that McConaughey is preferred in both head-to-head matches, but one that Abbott would win in a three-way race.

McConaughey, that lives in Austin, has threatened with the possibility of a candidacy for governor for months, but he has not said whether he would do so as a Republican or a Democrat. The 52-year-old Oscar-winning actor keeps his political views somewhat reserved, but his previous comments suggest that he is moderately to conservative in tendency.

Actor Matthew McConaughey during a ceremony in Hollywood in November 2016 (AFP)
Actor Matthew McConaughey during a ceremony in Hollywood, in November 2016 (AFP) (AFP /)

In the new survey, respondents asked about a hypothetical confrontation between Abbott and McConaughey preferred the actor, 43 percent to 35 percent, with the rest saying they weren’t sure.

When asked about a race between McConaughey and O’Rourke, who recently announced his intention to race next year, McConaughey prevailed 49 percent to 27 percent.

Nevertheless, In a three-way race with all candidates running, the majority preferred Abbott, who garnered 37 percent support to McConaughey’s 27 percent and O’Rourke’s 27 percent.

40 percent said they wanted McConaughey to run for governor, 33 percent voiced opposition and the rest said they didn’t care.

McConaughey, a native of a small town deep in Texas and raised in a religious family, has hinted at a possible third-party career, saying he has issues with both parties.

(With information from AFP) .-


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