Harry Styles endorsed Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke for Texas governor while acting on Sunday in Austin, only a month before the election that would determine the fate of many Texans’ rights.
The British pop superstar appeared at his nearly sold-out mini-residency on the capital city’s Moody Center sporting a “Beto for Texas” sticker on his guitar. At one point within the concert, the cameras zoomed in on the sticker as Harry gestured to it — displaying it on the venue’s big screens to cheers from the gang.
The cameras then switched to disclose O’Rourke smiling within the pit and flashing a peace sign, leading to even louder cheers. The candidate posted clips of interactions with fans on his Instagram Stories.
Harry showing his support for Beto O’Rourke who’s in pit tonight on stage at Moody Center in Austin, TX – October 2 (via @oakmilkrry)
— HSD Love On Tour (@hsdlot) October 3, 2022
Sunday was not the primary time Styles has inserted himself in Texas politics. After a mass shooting at an Uvalde elementary school earlier this yr that killed 19 children and two adults, the musician partnered with Everytown for Gun Safety for his Love on Tour — promising donations of over $1 million in proceeds to the nonprofit. Screens at his concert also displayed information on how fans can register to vote.
During previous shows on the Moody Center, Styles also voiced his support for reproductive rights in response to Texas’ near-total abortion ban.
“Nobody can let you know what to do along with your own body,” he told fans. “It’s yours.”
Just hours before Styles’ performance on Sunday, country singer Willie Nelson endorsed O’Rourke at a “Vote ’Em Out” campaign rally in Austin. Nelson wore a shirt supporting the candidate and sang a 15-minute set after O’Rourke delivered a speech on women’s rights and gun violence. The songs included hits like “Whiskey River” and “On the Road Again,” in addition to his 2018 election song “Vote ’Em Out.”
The Democrat is running against incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott within the Nov. 8 general election. Being a former Texas congressman, mayor of El Paso, and Senate and presidential candidate, O’Rourke is widely considered the state’s best known Democrat. In accordance with a Quinnipiac poll released last week, 53% of respondents within the red state said they support Abbott while 46% said O’Rourke.
The candidate has traveled to virtually every corner of Texas in hopes of winning the gubernatorial race on a platform that features reproductive rights, gun safety, voting rights and immigration reform. O’Rourke faced Abbott of their first gubernatorial debate on Friday, where the 2 candidates incessantly accused one another of misinforming Texas voters on major issues.
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