Polls show Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke has been struggling, with a recent Emerson College survey putting him eight points behind Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
It’s therefore likely that O’Rourke’s supporters were hoping to receive some good news when they attended a rally in Austin on Sunday. However, what they actually got was far short of being a game changer.
Willie Nelson performed at rally
According to KXAN, country music legend Willie Nelson used the “Vote ‘Em Out” event to announce his endorsement of O’Rourke.
On Tuesday, O’Rourke tweeted out a video clip from the event in which Nelson can be seen performing his song “Vote ‘Em Out.”
I’m with Willie: If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out. That’s what Election Day is all about. pic.twitter.com/6w6LmGVZjW
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) October 4, 2022
“I’d like to do this song for our next governor,” the 89-year-old Nelson declared before bursting into song as O’Rourke stood off to his side.
“You’ll run ol’ Beto in and we’ll start the show again,” the singer crooned. “And if you don’t like who’s in there, vote ’em out. Vote ’em out.” Nelson concluded his performance by saying, “It’s a good day for Texas.”
O’Rourke says his campaign will succeed “because we have Willie Nelson with us”
O’Rourke later got up to speak, saying, “We’re going to win this election, and that is because we have Willie Nelson with us right now.”
“We’re going to win. But what it’s going to take is all of us doing all we can with what we have where we are,” the Democratic nominee continued.
“Over these next 37 days, join us in this campaign. Knock on doors, make phone calls, join our letter writing campaign,” he continued.
“And the very people who are written off will provide the margin of victory when we win this on election night,” O’Rourke boasted before asking the crowd, “You all with me?”
KXAN noted that this is far from being the first time that Nelson has become involved in politics. While he has generally supported Democratic presidential candidates, Nelson backed Ross Perot in 1992, Green Party nominee Ralph Nader in 2000, and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in 2012.