Matthew McConaughey announced he would not run for governor of Texas.


The Oscar winner had spent two years evaluating the possibility of dedicating himself to public life.

American actor Matthew McConaughey declared on Sunday that he will not be a candidate" for now" for the governor of Texas after months of speculation about whether the artist wanted to enter political life. The prospect of the actor decided to be a candidate encouraged left-wing circles, disenchanted with current Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. His highly restrictive anti-abortion law has been appealed to the US Supreme Court.

"It has never occurred to me that one day I could aspire to have a political responsibility," said the actor in a video posted online. "It is a path that intimidates and calls for reflection. It is a path that for now, I decide not to undertake", he added.

Some polls predicted that if McConaughey were a candidate, he would have a better chance of defeating Abbott than Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke.

Abbott plans to run for a third term in November 2022, although the deadline to submit nominations is December 13. In early November, McConaughey hinted during an interview with AFP that he might launch his candidacy. But in the video released on Sunday, the actor explains that he is more committed to supporting companies and foundations that "open paths for people to be successful in life ."


A week ago, a new poll suggested McConaughey could defeat incumbent Republican Abbott or Democratic hopeful O'Rourke in a race for governor of Texas.

The University of Texas and Dallas Morning News poll found McConaughey is preferred in both head-to-head matches. Still, Abbott would win in a three-way race.

McConaughey, who lives in Austin, has feigned a gubernatorial run for months but has not said whether he would do so as a Republican or a Democrat. The 52-year-old Oscar-winning actor keeps his political views somewhat reserved. Still, his previous comments suggest he is moderate to conservatively lean.

In the new poll, respondents asked about a hypothetical showdown between  Abbott and McConaughey preferred the actor, 43 percent to 35 percent. The rest said they were unsure.

When asked about a race between  McConaughey and O'Rourke, who recently announced his race next year, McConaughey prevailed 49 percent to 27 percent.

However,  in a three-way race with all the candidates running, the majority preferred Abbott. He garnered 37 percent support to McConaughey's 27 percent and O'Rourke's 27 percent.

Forty percent said they wanted McConaughey to run for governor, 33 percent voiced opposition,  and the rest said they didn't care.

McConaughey, a native of a small town deep in Texas and raised in a religious family, has hinted at a possible third-party career, saying he has issues with both parties.