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Tribune Conversation with U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke D-El Paso on November 4, 2016 | Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Rep. Beto O’Rourke “very likely” to run for Sen. Ted Cruz’s seat in 2018

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke said Thursday he is all but certain to make a run for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz‘s seat in 2018.

“I’ve had the chance to talk to a lot of people around the state of Texas over the last six weeks, and I will tell you, I’m very encouraged,” he told The Texas Tribune on Thursday in an interview. “And I am continuing to listen to and talk to folks, and I’m just becoming more and more encouraged.” 

“It’s very likely that I will run for Senate in 2018,” the El Paso Democrat added. 

In a previous interview with the Tribune, O’Rourke kept the door open to a run in 2018 or 2020. O’Rourke just began his third term in the U.S. House and has promised to term-limit himself in that chamber. 

The comments came just hours after former George W. Bush operative Matthew Dowd told the Tribune that he, too, was considering a bid against Cruz as an independent. 

O’Rourke reacted to the Dowd news positively. 

“Anyone who’s willing to take something like this on deserves our respect, and so I think that would be great,” he said. “I think the more voices, perspectives, experience that can be fielded, the better for Texas.” 

National Democrats are cautiously watching the early movement of the race. The national map is extremely challenging for the party, and 10 Senate Democratic incumbents are up for re-election in states President-elect Donald Trump carried.

It is all but certain those races will take precedence for the national party over Texas, an expensive state where no Democrat has won statewide since 1994. But the political climate is highly unpredictable this early in the cycle.

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2 comments

  1. I can assure you Beto, I will NOT vote for you!

  2. Mad Mike is not even from the state of Texas Mr Beto O’Rourke! but I myself can assure you my own vote in 2018 which is 100% genuine American Democrat guaranteed!Unlike these hateful imposters that immigrated to El Paso from deplorable hate minded parts of Alabama and the rest of the southern confederacy.
    In Texas when things were looking great before the republican invasion and takeover of our state by lunatic fascist despicable disgusting republicans. Well mind you then that after January 20th most of you are going to start thinking about why didn’t you vote on November 8 2016. America’s worst days ever are right before our very eyes but at the least for now, Russia Is Once Again A Great Country! and they will restore their Old Glory Days from the Soviet Union Empire’s past. Russia Elected Donald Trump as your first new Fuhrer!

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