Actor Matthew McConaughey announced on Sunday he will not be running to become the next governor of Texas.
McConaughey shared the announcement in a Twitter post, calling it “a path that I’m choosing not to take at this moment.”
— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) November 29, 2021
The news comes just two weeks before the deadline to file as a candidate in the state of Texas. McConaughey had not stated whether he had planned to run as a Democrat, Republican or Independent.
Matthew McConaughey announced that he would not run for governor of Texas for now. The actor said running for governor is a “humbling and inspiring path to ponder.”
“It is also a path that I’m choosing not to take at this moment.” https://t.co/bch8dgLllH
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 29, 2021
Current Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has already announced his plans to run for reelection in the traditionally red state. Conservative leader Allen West is challenging Abbott in the primary.
Among Democrats, three candidates have announced campaigns so far, including former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke.
McConaughey’s announcement likely offers a bit of relief to current candidates, though many supporters had hoped the actor would run in an outsider’s challenge to lead the Lone Star State.