Beto O'Rourke outlines his campaign priorities as he continues his, 'Drive for Texas'.

Euri Giles | Clareifi

Beto O'Rourke says that he, "is ready to lead on ensuring Texans have world-class schools, great jobs, and the ability to see a doctor."

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Gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke is in the midst of his 49 day, 'Drive for Texas' tour across the state. The El Paso Democrat stopped in Port Arthur on Sunday to talk to constituents about his campaign priorities.

O'Rourke says that as governor, he would be, "a champion for public education." He also promised to work towards, "equal pay for women and paid family and medical leave."

When it comes to healthcare, O'Rourke says that he would fight to, "expand Medicaid coverage in Texas and improve access to care." He also spoke about the need to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

O'Rourke will continue his tour with stops in Galveston, Victoria, and Bastrop in this coming week.

O'Rourke has been quoted as stating, "My priority will always be the people of Texas. It’s all of us together doing better by and for one another."

As O'Rourke travels the state, he's been busy highlighting the many first time voters that will be casting their ballots for the first time ever in November's upcoming election. Focus on younger first time voters in Texas is a strategy that could help O'Rourke in his uphill battle to unseat incumbent Republican governor Greg Abbott.

In the 2016 presidential election, Texas had the third-lowest youth turnout rate in the nation. But this cycle there's been a surge in youth engagement and voting, with record numbers of young people casting ballots in primaries across the country.

If Beto O'Rourke can get out the vote among first time voters and young people, he could have a real chance at becoming Texas' next governor.

Another Texas demographic group that O'Rourke has been highlighting as he treks across the State are Texas teachers. Educators in Texas have been protesting for higher wages and better working conditions, and O'Rourke has been quick to show his support.

O'Rourke has made education a centerpiece of his campaign, and he's released a detailed plan that would increase funding for public schools, raise teacher salaries, and invest in early childhood education.

Beto O'Rourke is truly trying to build a grassroots movement from the ground up and if he can continue to energize first time voters, young people, and Texas teachers he could be on his way to upsetting Greg Abbott in November.

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