Ex punk-rocker O'Rourke launches longshot bid against Cruz

Judith QuinnMar 31, 2017

The Houston Chronicle then reported that the announcement was indeed about the Senate race and that O'Rourke, who is a Democrat, would enter the race.

"Congressman Beto O'Rourke has a big announcement to make on Friday", the email said, soliciting contributions and offering the recipient the opportunity to sign up to "be the first to know what it is" he plans to announce.

O'Rourke will likely face a steep uphill battle running in a red state against the conservative firebrand. He has toured the state in recent weeks, talking about his prospective Senate campaign in terms that made it sound like he has already reached a decision. If O'Rourke does run for Senate he could be facing some big challenges.

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. Rep. Joaquin Castro (Texas), a rising star in the Democratic Party, is said to be considering a run for the seat.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, an El Paso Democrat widely expected to launch a challenge to Republican Sen.

"So you don't know until you do it", O'Rourke said. O'Rourke is still relatively unknown in Washington and in Texas, and El Paso has never produced a statewide elected official. At the other end of the spectrum are the die-hard Trump fans who haven't forgiven Cruz's "vote your conscience" advice en lieu of a Trump endorsement at the Republican National Convention. Last year, he was one of the members who livestreamed a Democratic protest on the floor of the House chamber, and he shared a cult following with U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, Texas Republican, on a spur-of-the-moment bipartisan road trip from San Antonio to Washington, D.C., which was documented on social media, naturally.

Earlier this month, Mr. O'Rourkegenerated favorable press riding shotgun with Rep.

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