Beto O'Rourke, who turned his thoughts on a presidential campaign into an online version of reality TV, urged Americans to follow newspaper dispatches as he crisscrossed the country in search of personal clarity, announced Wednesday. her decision.
What is it? He will tell you soon.
When is it soon? Not clear.
"Amy and I made a decision on the best way to serve our country," said a brief statement by former Texas congressman O'Rourke, referring to his wife, Amy Sanders. "We are excited to share it with everyone soon."
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Mr. O'Rourke, who served in the House of Commons from 2013 to early 2019, made his name on the national scene last year by giving Senator Ted Cruz a surprisingly strong challenge in a reliable Conservative state. Mr. Cruz was re-elected with less than three percentage points. Six years ago, he had won by 16 points.
During his campaign in the Senate, O'Rourke inspired the Texas Democrats with a broadly liberal message and a charismatic presence on stage, while collecting donations from across the country.
Some political observers urged him to try to replicate this campaign in 2020 against the other Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, rather than entering one of the most populous primary Democratic realms in history.
The announcement of an impending announcement was first reported by the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday afternoon. The newspaper, citing unnamed sources "close to the former El Paso Congressman," also said that O'Rourke had decided not to challenge Mr. Cornyn, who is to be re-elected. Next year. Such a decision would suggest that Mr. O'Rourke was heading for the presidential race.
O'Rourke spokesman Chris Evans did not want to say whether the former congressman had decided to forgo a race in the Senate in 2020.
But since almost the time he gave in November, the biggest speculation was knowing he'd try to translate his call to Texas, where he introduced himself as a unifying, to a national primary in which Democratic voters have expressed an appetite for more progressive demands. policies.
He sits well in the first polls, ranking third in mid-January behind former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (who has not yet decided to run himself) and Senator Bernie Sanders (entered the race last week). In more recent polls, Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren have passed.