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

31 March 2017, 04:09 | Elizabeth Houston

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

Asked by The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday, O'Rourke declined to confirm whether the "big announcement" would be the launch of his Senate campaign or discuss any details of what it would be about.

"So you don't know until you do it", O'Rourke said.

After months of speculation, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke will reportedly announce on Friday that he is running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Senator Ted Cruz according to the Houston Chronicle.

U.S. Rep. JoaquĆ­n Castro, D-San Antonio, also has been considering entering the Senate race and has promised a decision by the end of April.

There is an additional potential outlier in this mix: Former George W. Bush strategist Matthew Dowd, an on-air commentator, is considering an independent run for Senate. "He plans to make his decision in the coming weeks".

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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. In the 2014 primaries, about 28,000 voters turned out in El Paso County, while nearly 42,000 cast ballots in Castro's home turf of Bexar County.

No matter who the Democratic nominee is, a race against Cruz will be an uphill slog.

After a failed presidential bid past year, Cruz appeared vulnerable in his re-election bid-though mostly in the Republican primary. Before he began working in Washington, he served as a member of the El Paso City Council from 2005-2011. He continued on about O'Rourke, "He's got this aura around him".

From a national perspective, the U.S. Senate race in Texas is an afterthought.

Democrats need to defend 25 seats in 2018, including 10 in states that President Trump carried in the 2016 election.

Cruz's reelection for office follows him losing the Republican nomination for president to Donald Trump past year. Will Hurd of Texas earlier in March. For the past few months O'Rourke has been unofficially campaigning and meeting with leaders across Texas.



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