Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke is back on the campaign trail, this time challenging incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
The election is almost a year away. But O'Rourke has already begun traveling around the state, stumping in cities large and small.
It's a strategy that brought him within three percentage points of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 race that first put O'Rourke in the national political spotlight.
He followed that run with a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Earlier this year, he again hit the road in Texas in support of voting rights and registration.
On Saturday, O'Rourke visited Texarkana, drawing a small but seemingly receptive audience to hear his message. After that appearance, he stopped by the studio for a half-hour interview.
Host Karl Richter asked him about a range of issues, including COVID mandates, abortion and gun regulation.