Democratic Rep. Appears Ready To Announce Challenge To Cruz

O'Rourke has been hinting for months that he would run for the Democratic nomination for Senate, and earlier today posted on Facebook: "Together, we can do something really big, and really powerful for the state of Texas-and for this country". "Congressman Beto O'Rourke has a big announcement to make on Friday".

O'Rourke would be expected to make any announcement in his hometown, at the far western edge of Texas. His twin brother, Julian, served as Housing Secretary in the Obama administration and was floated as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race.

Though O'Rourke is a relatively new figure in Texas politics, he made national headlines in recent weeks after he chose to take an impromptu bipartisan road trip from San Antonio to Washington with a Texas colleague, Republican Rep. An ardent proponent of term limits for members of Congress, he self-imposed a limit of four terms on his time in the House, meaning he would not be running for reelection in 2020.

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"So you don't know until you do it", O'Rourke said.

Castro told CNN that O'Rourke called him Tuesday night to let him know he made a decision to run for Senate.

Democratic U.S. Congressman Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke will reportedly launch his 2018 Senate campaign tomorrow. O'Rourke recently got attention for a road trip with Republican Rep. O'Rourke is still relatively unknown in Washington and in Texas, and El Paso has never produced a statewide elected official.

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Regardless of who challenges Cruz, they will have to raise a lot of money in a heavily-Republican state, and will likely face an uphill challenge to unseat Cruz.

Inside Elections With Nathan L. Gonzales rates the Texas Senate race as Safe Republican. An able campaigner, the Texas senator boosted his national prominence a year ago after finishing second in the crowded 2016 GOP presidential primary. Will Hurd of Texas earlier in March.

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