George Soros gave $1 million to Beto O’Rourke’s political campaign, which is seeking to unseat Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
The admission was revealed in the most recent financial statement of the O’Rourke campaign.
The O’Rourke campaign recently reported record-breaking campaign donations, although Governor Abbott is leading in the polls for his third term as governor of Texas. The O’Rourke campaign announced a $27.6 million fundraising total for the end of Feb. through June, whereas the Abbott campaign said it had raised $26.5 million.
In the end, Abbott has a substantial financial advantage with $45.7 million in cash on hand, whereas O’Rourke has only $23.9 million to spend during the campaign.
As a representative from El Paso, Texas, Beto O’Rourke gained prominence when he attempted and failed to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in the midterm election of 2018. Despite losing the race, O’Rourke outperformed expectations and was frequently featured on major news networks.
O’Rourke was ridiculed on the right by many when he stated at a debate that he would not continue his prior campaign policy of forced gun confiscation after vocally and aggressively supporting it.
In a recent CBS News YouGov poll, Abbott has an 8% advantage over Beto O’Rourke, with 49% of respondents supporting him and 41% backing Beto. Despite having the upper hand, Abbott received a 46 percent approval rating in the survey and a 53 percent disapproval rating.
Meanwhile, George Soros has seen the political winds shift against the politicians and causes he endorses and finances recently. In San Francisco, many voters ousted Chesa Boudin as district attorney while a growing recall campaign is being launched by Los Angeles residents to remove George Gascón as district attorney, both backed by a Soros-funded political organization.
On November 8, the gubernatorial election will be held.