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

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31 March, 2017

O'Rourke is not the only Texas Democrat targeting Cruz's seat in 2018.

O'Rourke has previously said he's strongly considering running against Cruz, who unsuccessfully ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. "I'm going to make an announcement Friday in El Paso about my decision, and I owe it to the people there that I represent and serve to tell them in person".

The El Paso Democrat was elected to Congress in 2012. "The re-election rate in the last 50 years is 93%".

He is suspected to have the assistance of Chris Archer, a major Democratic operative in the state of Texas, and someone who has had his hands in the campaigns of former Mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, as well as other Democratic congressmen in Texas.

The speculation Wednesday over O'Rourke prompted Castro's team to release a statement on his future political plans.

The El Paso native went on a cross-country, bi-partisan 1,600-mile road trip with fellow Texas Congressman, Republican Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, demonstrated a talent for winning positive notice and using social media to engage a large audience.

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Cruz's campaign declined to comment on the development. It was on that trip that Beto made a decision to run for Senate.

With Democrats facing a tough Senate, the Texas Senate race would likely not receive national resources. Castro has a higher public profile than O'Rourke and is a more familiar face on cable news.

O'Rourke drew national attention in the summer of 2016 when he staged a live-streamed House Floor "sit-in" calling for stricter gun-control measures, a highly unpopular position for a potential statewide Texas politician.

Castro told CNN that O'Rourke called him Tuesday night to let him know he chose to run for Senate. Which could make for an interesting contrast against an O'Rourke seemingly willing to reach across the aisle instead of maligning it. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio is considering a bid.

It's been decades since the last time Texas voters sent a Democrat to the Senate. Chris Van Hollen, who heads the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. It is four terms.


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