Beto O’Rourke has suspended his campaign against Republican incumbent Governor Greg Abbott due to a bacterial infection diagnosed last week.
The Democrat is recovering at his home in El Paso, stepping back from the campaign trail with the November election two months away.
“After feeling ill on Friday, I went to San Antonio Methodist Hospital where I was diagnosed with a bacterial infection,” the former congressman and presidential candidate announced on his Twitter account on Sunday, adding that he was receiving antibiotics and that doctors had ordered him to rest.
“Although my symptoms have improved, I will be resting at home in El Paso as recommended by doctors,” O’Rourke said.
“I’m sorry I had to postpone events because of this, but promise to get back on the road with you guys as soon as I can,” the Lone Star State contestant said in a post offering no timeline for his return. at the stump.
The 49-year-old left a signing early in San Antonio due to illness, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.
He also postponed rallies in San Antonio and Corpus Christi over the weekend.
The illness will also interrupt a 49-day tour launched by O’Rourke in July with 70 events planned as the campaign aimed to visit 65 counties.
O’Rourke, a former congressman who campaigned unsuccessfully in 2018 to defeat GOP Senator Ted Cruz, is trying to prevent Abbott from winning a third term as governor.
The most recent polls show Abbott leading by around 7 percentage points – up from double digits a few months ago.
As O’Rourke hammered Abbott on the Supreme Court reversal of Roe v. Wade and gun control measures as a result Mass shooting in Uvalde in May, the incumbent governor entered a standoff with New York City Mayor Eric Adams over immigration.
Abbott, whose state has been overwhelmed by the influx of migrants crossing the border under President Biden’s more lenient immigration policies, has been shipping busloads of migrants to the Big Apple to argue the cities run by the Democrats.
The increase in migrants arriving in New York is tax city services that are already struggling to deal with the high number of homelessness.
The town hall estimated that more than 6,000 asylum seekers have arrived in the city since May.
Adams has asked the federal government for help amid the crisis as the city struggles to house the sheer volume of arriving migrants, including at a hotel in Times Square.
As busloads of migrants continue to pour into the city from Texas, the situation has sparked a war of words between Abbott and Adams.
The Governor of Texas has accused Adams of being a hypocrite and all talk about his claims that New York is a sanctuary city when directly confronted with the large number of migrants.
“Adams spoke about being a sanctuary city – welcoming illegal immigrants to the Big Apple with warm hospitality. Talking is cheap. When pressured to pursue such reckless policies, he wants to condemn anyone who pressures him to follow suit,” Abbott wrote in a editorial published last week in The Post.
The town hall responded saying that Abbott should consult a dictionary before making such accusations.
“Someone give this man a dictionary,” the mayor’s press secretary Fabien Levy said in a statement.