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

"Congressman Beto O'Rourke has a big announcement to make on Friday", the email said, soliciting contributions and offering the recipient the opportunity to sign up to "be the first to know what it is" he plans to announce.

Democrats seldom dump much, if any cash into Texas Senate races for obvious reasons - their money is better spent in states they have a chance of winning. "We both agreed‎ that we've got to come to our decisions about the whether to enter the race", Castro said.

Beto O'Rourke will reportedly announce his challenge to Sen.

Par for the Democratic course, O'Rourke endorsed Hillary for President in 2016 and served as a superdelegate at the Democratic convention.

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"It's no secret that Joaquin is heavily weighing a Senate run, and he will continue to have those discussions with his family, friends and supporters across Texas".

O'Rourke said he speaks to Castro daily. Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) has also expressed interest in taking up a bid for the Senate seat.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, appears poised to announce Friday that he is running in 2018 for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Ted Cruz. An ardent proponent of term limits for members of Congress, he self-imposed a limit of four terms on his time in the House, meaning he would not be running for reelection in 2020. The former punk rocker made national headlines earlier this month for going on a bipartisan road trip across the country with Rep.

No matter who the Democratic nominee is, a race against Cruz will be an uphill slog. O'Rourke is still relatively unknown in Washington and in Texas, and El Paso has never produced a statewide elected official. An able campaigner, the Texas senator boosted his national prominence previous year after finishing second in the crowded 2016 GOP presidential primary. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, demonstrated a talent for winning positive notice and using social media to engage a large audience.

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