Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke tests positive for COVID-19

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for governor in Texas, said Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The former congressman and presidential candidate said he was experiencing mild symptoms and is fully vaccinated and boosted. On Sunday, O’Rourke was campaigning in East Texas, where he spoke to a crowded room of supporters while maskless.

O’Rourke said in a statement that he had tested negative on Sunday morning.

O’Rourke is running against Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who also tested positive for the virus last year.

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