Beto O’Rourke Forges Ahead With Possible 2020 Presidential Bid

Democrat congressman and potential 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, known as a potential underdog before the start of his 2018 Texas Senate race, has decided to seek re-election to Texas’s 13th Congressional District in…

Beto O'Rourke Forges Ahead With Possible 2020 Presidential Bid

Democrat congressman and potential 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, known as a potential underdog before the start of his 2018 Texas Senate race, has decided to seek re-election to Texas’s 13th Congressional District in 2022.

There, O’Rourke will face Republican incumbent Rep. John Carter. The two men have been political rivals for years, but O’Rourke opted against an earlier campaign for the seat, which he only announced his interest in during the 2014 election cycle.

Despite the fact that he failed to make a dent in incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) reelection bid, O’Rourke’s 17-point win over Cruz could have changed how Democrats are thinking about 2020.

The former El Paso mayor told supporters at a fundraiser on Sept. 23 that he is hoping to “change the trajectory of our politics” in Texas and that his words have “come to fruition.”

So far, Democratic presidential candidates from both parties have expressed admiration for O’Rourke and impressed by his ability to overcome Cruz in a district that Democrat Hillary Clinton had won in 2016.

O’Rourke is currently undergoing a three-day fundraiser trip in Iowa, which opens the door for O’Rourke to express interest in a 2020 presidential bid. He’s also scheduled to speak at the DNC’s national convention in Los Angeles on Sept. 18, according to the New York Times.

O’Rourke was born and raised in El Paso, the former subject of a brutal police beating in 1969.

O’Rourke previously won mayor of El Paso in 2010. He was re-elected in 2013 and is currently only one term away from his second full term.

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