Beto O'Rourke, the Texan who gained a national following with his long-shot election battle against U.S. Senator Ted Cruz past year, will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, a source close to the campaign said on Wednesday.
O'Rourke became a national star during his 2018 Senate bid previous year, despite the fact that he was defeated by incumbent Ted Cruz.
Many on both sides of the aisle have wondered whether or not Beto would run, especially after his loss to Sen.
He had already planned to visit the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday to campaign for a Democrat running in a special state Senate election, AP reported.
When the Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll was first run in December, O'Rourke placed third, the top choice of 11 percent. "It's a big part of why I'm running", O'Rourke told KTSM in a text message.
"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", he wrote. Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Corey Booker of New Jersey, among others. I tell O'Rourke that perhaps he's simply too normal to be president.
In 2012, he won against incumbent Democratic congressman Silvestre Reyes in a Latino-majority district, and was re-elected twice before giving up his seat to run against Cruz.
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