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Matthew McConaughey says he is not running for Texas governor

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It's official, jack-of-all-trades Matthew McConaughey is staying out of politics and not running for Texas governor.


In a video posted to social media on Sunday, the Academy award-winning actor set the record straight that he would not be running for governor after greatly considering so by listening and learning about Texas and U.S. politics.

"As a simple kid born in Uvalde, Texas, it never occurred to me that I would one day be considered for political leadership. It's an inspiring and humbling path to ponder," McConaughey said. "It is also a path I am choosing not to take at this moment."

Instead, McConaughey says he will continue to invest in entrepreneurs, businesses and foundations he believes are supporting people in different ways.

The announcement puts an end to the months of speculation that he could announce a bid for governor. While he's previously called politics a "bag of rats" and little indicated he was mulling a run as the Dec. 13 deadline to file was approaching, he still fared well among some voters.

The latest poll by the University of Texas and Dallas Morning News showed he would beat Gov. Greg Abbott by eight percentage points in a head-to-head matchup and would fare even better alone against former congressman Beto O'Rourke, with nearly 50% of respondents choosing McConaughey.

The primaries for the election will take place in March before the November 2022 election for governor. So far, O'Rourke is running as a Democrat against Michael Cooper, president of the Beaumont NAACP, and Deirdre Gilbert, an educator from the Houston area. On the other side, Gov. Greg Abbott is up against conservative commentator Chad Prather and former Texas GOP Chairman Allen West.

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