Actor Matthew McConaughey beat GOP incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in a recent poll that pitted the actor against both politicians head-to-head, but in a three way race for governor, Abbott would crush the competition.
Voters had a clear preference for “The Dallas Buyers Club” star when he faced off with the Republican and Democrat politicians individually, with McConaughey squarely beating Abbott 43% to 35%, and outclassing O’Rourke by 22 points at 49% to a weak 27%.
However, in a three-way scenario, McConaughey only edged ahead of O’Rourke by one point polling 27% to 26%, while Abbott trounced them both with 37 percentage points.
The actor has been teasing the idea of running for governor of Texas for some time, but recently indicated he would end the speculation about his candidacy soon.
“It’s a whole new thing,” the 52-year-old said in response to an interviewer’s question if he has decided to enter the race. “I prepare for everything, I’m a big preparer. I am not until I am — OK? Is this something I’ve been thinking about for 20 years, and I know what I want to do, but I’m just holding on to my answer? No.”
“It’s a new embassy of leadership that I have really been doing my diligence to study, to look into, to question what it is, what would it be for me. Not the question of, ‘Hey, do you think I could win?’ No. Let’s talk about what Texas politics is,” he continued. “Talk about a policy statement.”
“There’s great sacrifice that comes with a decision,” McConaughey concluded. “That’s what I’ve been doing, and there’s no tease to it. There’s me doing my diligence, and I will let you know shortly.”
McConaughey has not indicated if he would run as a Republican, Democrat, or Independent, but 40% of voters surveyed said they wanted him to enter the 2022 race for Texas governor.