Former Texas representative, Beto O. Rourke, said Wednesday that he had made a decision regarding his political future, and that he hoped to be the last Democrat to embark on the race. relentless to the 2020 presidential nomination of the party.
"[Wife] Amy and I made a decision on the best way to serve our country, "said O. Rourke, 46, in a statement. We are excited to share it with everyone soon. "
The statement was obtained for the first time by the Dallas Morning News, which stated that Mr. O. Rourke would not pursue a potential challenge against Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in Congress's upper house. Cornyn responded to the report by tweeting: "It looks like Schumer could not wrap up the deal," a reference to a recent report that O & # Rourke and Schumer had met earlier this month to discuss D & # s 39, a possible candidacy for the Senate.
O 'Rourke made the headlines in the national press last year with his powerful electoral challenge to Senator Ted Cruz. O 'Rourke was beaten by 2.5 percentage points, a surprisingly tight distance to Texas, who has not elected a Democrat to a statewide position since 1994.
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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. In addition to challenging Cornyn, O'Rourke also suggested seeking nomination to the Democrats for 2020.
While Mr. O. Rourke continued to delay his decision, Democratic State activists who hold early presidential polls, including Iowa, Nevada and South Carolina, have formed groups of "Draft Beto "who raised funds and tried to rally potential supporters.
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"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".
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.
Patrick Ward and the Fox News Associated Press contributed to this report.
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