According to Fox News, Democrat Robert “Beto” O’Rouke has just revealed that he has been diagnosed with a “bacterial infection.”
O’Rourke, in fact, is so ill that he has had to postpone several campaign events.
O’Rourke announced that he was ill in a social media message that he posted to Twitter on Sunday.
“After feeling ill on Friday, I went to Methodist Hospital in San Antonio where I was diagnosed with a bacterial infection,” O’Rourke said. “The extraordinary team there — from custodians to nurses and doctors — gave me excellent care and attention, including IV antibiotics and rest.”
More specific information about this “bacterial infection” was not provided. O’Rourke, though, did say that he was recovering, but that, as a result of “doctors’ recommendations,” he has to postpone some campaign events.
“While my symptoms have improved, I will be resting at home in El Paso in accordance with the doctors’ recommendations,” O’Rourke said. “I am sorry to have had to postpone events because of this, but promise to be back on the road with you as soon as I am able.”
O’Rourke did not give any indication as to when he might be able to return to the campaign trail.
O’Rourke is currently facing off against incumbent Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott (R) in a race for the state’s governorship.
O’Rourke is hoping to have more success here than he has had in previous political bids, such as his failed run at the U.S. presidency and his failed run at winning a U.S. Senate seat.
Polls, however, are suggesting that Abbott is going to come out on top. One recent poll from the University of Texas-Tyler, for example, found that Abbott has a seven percentage point lead over O’Rourke, 46% to 39%. The remaining votes went to Green Party nominee Delilah Barrios (3%), Libertarian nominee Mark Tippetts (3%), “someone else (7%), and “don’t know” (1%).
O’Rourke is known for his far-left stance on a number of hot-button issues, especially for his anti-Second Amendment and pro-abortion positions.
If O’Rourke were to defeat Abbott, he would pull off something that no Democrat has pulled off in almost three decades, namely, winning a statewide contest in Texas. But, as stated, it doesn’t look as though it is going to happen.