Actor and Austin-native Matthew McConaughey, who hinted about running as an Independent candidate for governor of Texas in 2022, has officially announced he will not run. He posted the following video Sunday on his official Twitter account:
— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) November 29, 2021
A November 9-16 poll from UT Tyler showed McConaughey, as an Independent, in second place with 27 percent in a three way race against incumbent governor Greg Abbott, who was in first place with 37 percent, and probable Democratic nominee Beto O’Rourke, who was third with 26 percent.
Other candidates for Texas governor include three officially seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination: 2020 presidential candidate Dan “Taxation is Theft” Behrman, Dallas County LP secretary Andrew Jewell, and 2018 LP nominee Mark Jay Tippetts. Health care worker Delilah Barrios is seeking the Green Party nomination and US Navy veteran Patrick Wynne is seeking the Reform Party’s backing.
Candidates have until December 13 to officially declare. The primaries will be held March 1 with potential runoff elections on May 24. The general election will be held November 8.