According to the Houston Chronicle, Styles used previous nights of the Love on Tour 2022 residency to make statements on bodily autonomy and abortion, and had information on voter registration and Everytown for Gun Safety. Local affiliates reported that over 70,000 tickets had been sold for the residency.
Fans and political junkies alike reacted online to the viral clip. “Harry Styles will turn Texas blue,” tweeted Olivia Julianna, 19, Texan and Gen Z for Change director of politics and government. “Greg Abbott, you better worry darling,” another user tweeted.
O’Rourke’s outreach coordinator shared a video to Twitter of the candidate high-fiving concertgoers. College campuses and youth voters have been a specific focus for O’Rourke this year. “The issues that are going to define this country going forward are going to be decided by young people. I’m convinced of it. That’s the way it’s always been,” O’Rourke told Teen Vogue earlier this year, in advance of a statewide campus tour he kicked off this spring.
On Friday, O’Rourke faced off against Republican governor Greg Abbott in their only debate of the election, which is November 8th. Over the weekend, O’Rourke also made an Austin campaign stop with musician Willie Nelson, who endorsed him.