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The former Texas Rep. Beto O’rourke said Wednesday that he has made, his thoughts on his political future, increasing expectations that he is the last Democrat to jump into the crowded race for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination.
“[Wife] Amy and I have made a decision about how we can best serve our country,” the 46-year-old O’rourke said in a statement. “We are excited to to share it with everyone soon.”
The statement was the first by The Dallas Morning News, which reported that O’rourke would not to pursue, a potential challenge to Sen. John Cornyn, the number 2 Republican in the Congress,” the upper chamber. Cornyn responded to the report Via Twitter: “Looks like Schumer could not close the deal,” a reference to a current report, that O ‘ had met Rourke and Schumer earlier this month, the discussion of a possible Senate money.
O’rourke made national headlines last year with his strong electoral challenge, Sen. Ted Cruz. O’rourke defeated by 2.5 percentage points, a surprisingly narrow margin in Texas, which has not elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.
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O’rourke had said for a week that he planned to turn his thoughts from the end of February — but how will he announce what he’ll do remains unclear. In addition to challenging Cornyn, O’rourke has also suggested he could try the Democrats” in 2020, the Vice-presidential nomination.
While O’rourke has collected more to delay his decision, democratic activists in States that hold early presidential voting contests, including Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina, have formed “draft Beto” groups money and is trying to line up would be-followers.
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“Design Beto”, announced on Wednesday that it had created a “Beto-Alarm” to generate notifications by E-Mail, text messages, and when O’rourke makes known his plans to mobilize “supporters right away.”
Another candidate expected to run, but still decides, former Vice-President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that his family supports him, launching a White house bid and that he was “very close” to a decision.
Fox News’ Patrick Ward, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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