Beto O'Rourke set to announce Senate bid

US Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) is expected to announce his plans to run against Sen. He has already filed papers to run for re-election, but his campaign spokeswoman declined comment on O'Rourke's plans.

On Wednesday, U.S. Democratic Representative Beto O'Rourke said that he will run against Senator Ted Cruz in 2018. Here, O'Rourke take part in the 2016 President's Leadership Council. 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.

Regardless of Castro's decision, O'Rourke would have a tough fight ahead.

O'Rourke, 44, was first elected to Congress in 2012. 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. Before he began working in Washington, he served as a member of the El Paso City Council from 2005-2011.

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After a failed presidential bid past year, Cruz appeared vulnerable in his re-election bid-though mostly in the Republican primary. Hardly anyone in state or national politics considers it realistic that the national party will heavily invest in this race. Will Hurd (R-Texas) after an East Coast storm grounded all flights to Washington. Julian was elected mayor of San Antonio and then became President Obama's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and was mentioned as a possible vice presidential running mate for Hillary Clinton a year ago.

And while it's not yet clear what 2018 will bring, but the early months of the Trump presidency have been turbulent for the president and congressional Republicans, who last week admitted they couldn't get their party together to support a proposed overhaul of President Obama's signature health care bill.

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

  • Marjorie Miles