Democratic Rep. appears ready to announce challenge to Cruz

Posted March 31, 2017

It also possible that O'Rourke won't be the only Democrat running.

Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) plans to announce Friday that he'll seek his party's nomination to challenge Republican Sen.

Cruz's campaign declined to comment on the development.

Par for the Democratic course, O'Rourke endorsed Hillary for President in 2016 and served as a superdelegate at the Democratic convention. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio is considering a bid.

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The former businessman's decision to run for Senate is an idea that he has reportedly toyed with for some time now. "He plans to make his decision in the coming weeks".

When asked if a Democrat could prevail against the outspoken conservative Cruz in the solidly red state, O'Rourke replied, "Yes, he's beatable".

Cruz, 46, is a Tea Party-backed self-proclaimed constitutionalist, while O'Rourke, 44, is a business man with a background in the tech industry, who was a pretty decent punk rocker in his younger years.

Jones added that Castro "has always led the charge on tough fights, so one way or another, he will be on the front lines of the 2018 midterm elections doing everything he can to continue to hold Republicans accountable". O'Rourke is still relatively unknown in Washington and in Texas, and El Paso has never produced a statewide elected official. Cruz is a lawyer who went to Princeton and Harvard.

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After a failed presidential bid a year ago, Cruz appeared vulnerable in his re-election bid-though mostly in the Republican primary.

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Cruz's reelection for office follows him losing the Republican nomination for president to Donald Trump previous year.

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

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"Beto's been traveling across Texas for the past four months, meeting with people in communities big and small".