Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke’s campaign released an announcement Sunday that he is taking a break from the campaign trail after diagnosis of a bacterial infection.
“After feeling ill on Friday, I went to Methodist Hospital in San Antonio where I was diagnosed with a bacterial infection,” O’Rourke said in a news release. “The extraordinary team there — from custodians to nurses and doctors — gave me excellent care and attention, including IV antibiotics and rest.”
“While my symptoms have improved, I will be resting at home in El Paso in accordance with the doctors’ recommendations,” he tweeted Sunday.
In his campaign against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. O’Rourke embarked on a 49-day tour of Texas in mid-July. The Democratic challenger had been expected to hold 70 public events in more than 65 counties as part of the tour, according to his campaign. However, weekend campaign stops in Three Rivers, Corpus Christi, and Goliad were postponed after O’Rourke left a book signing in San Antonio early due to illness.