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By Associated press
AUSTIN, Texas – Beto O 'Rourke has decided on a 2020 presidential bid and announced Wednesday that he would soon announce his intentions, which suggests that one of the candidates the most prominent Democrats, already cluttered, could finally be ready to officially join the race.
The former congressman became a national political sensation while almost upset Senator Ted Cruz last November in a deeply conservative Texas. He said in a statement on Wednesday that his wife and himself, Amy, "made a decision on how best to serve our country" and were "delighted to share it with everyone soon".
The statement was first reported by the Dallas Morning News and confirmed by a spokeswoman for O'Rourke, who provided no further details.
O & # r; Rourke had said for a week that he was planning on deciding before the end of February – although the way he will announce what he will do is unclear. The former US Vice President, Joe Biden, said Tuesday that his family had backed him in his candidacy for the White House and that he was "very close" to a decision.
Addressing reporters from his homeland, El Paso, last week, O'Rourke raised the possibility that he could be a Senate candidate in 2020, involving the senior senator from Texas, John Cornyn, or that he could possibly claim the appointment to the Democratic Vice Presidency of 2020. – presumably by being the candidate for the vice presidency of another presidential candidate.
But advisers close to O. Rourke have said for months that they do not consider another Senate a viable option, leaving the door open for a presidential candidacy.
While O & # 39; Rourke continued to delay his decision, state-run Democratic activists who hold early presidential polls, including Iowa, Nevada, and South Carolina, formed groups of "Draft Beto" who have raised funds and tried to bring order to their ranks. .
Draft Beto announced Wednesday that it has created a "Beto Alert", which will generate email and SMS notifications once O & # 39; Rourke has announced his plans, in order to "immediately mobilize his supporters".