Beto O'Rourke

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Beto O'Rourke's Big Decision: He's 'Excited' to Share It

Former Texas congressman says he'll let us know about his political future 'soon'

(Newser) - Texas constituents may be disappointed to hear that, after trying to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, Beto O'Rourke won't be trying the same against Sen. John Cornyn in 2020. That's what sources said to be "close" to the former Democratic congressman told the Dallas Morning ... More »

Beto on 2020: Everything's On the Table. Prez, VP, Senator...

O'Rourke still expects to make decision on whether to run for president, Senate this month

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke says he hasn't ruled out being a 2020 vice presidential candidate, even as he plans to decide in the next 10 days if he'll seek the presidency himself. Answering a question in Spanish about possibly being another candidate's running mate after an El Paso... More »

In Dueling Rallies, Trump Taunts Beto Over Crowd Size

'I say that may be the end of his presidential bid,' says the president

(Newser) - President Trump and Beto O'Rourke held dueling rallies across the street from each other—and across the Rio Grande from Mexico—in El Paso on Monday night. Both men addressed the border wall issue, with Trump, at his first rally of the year, speaking under signs that read "... More »

Beto to Oprah: I'll Make Decision on 2020 Run by Month's End

O'Rourke taped an interview with Winfrey Tuesday

(Newser) - Breaking months of near-silence about his political future, Democrat Beto O'Rourke said Tuesday that he would announce his decision about a 2020 presidential run "before the end of the month" and suggested he's leaning toward it, the AP reports. The former Texas congressman, who found political stardom... More »

Martin O'Malley: I'm Not Running in 2020. Here's Who Should

Former Maryland governor endorses Beto O'Rourke

(Newser) - Martin O'Malley, who staged his own "long-shot presidential" campaign, as he calls it, in 2016, reveals his pick for 2020: Beto O'Rourke. In a Des Moines Register column, the former governor of Maryland says he hopes the former Democratic congressman who staged a "courageous run for... More »

What Beto's Loss Says About His Future

Pundits weigh in

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke lost to Ted Cruz, but the elegies for the 46-year-old are in many cases reading a lot more like a 2020 presidential pitch. What's being said about the Texas Democrat's loss and the future of both the candidate and the party in the state:
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Republicans Keep Control of Senate

GOP wins key races in Tennessee, Texas, Indiana, Missouri

(Newser) - Republicans will keep control of the Senate for at least another two years—both CNN and the AP have called it. The GOP went into Tuesday's midterms with a 51-49 advantage, and the party appears to be on track to actually increase that margin. The bad news began early... More »

Cruz Beats Beto in Texas Nail-Biter

Texas Republican will keep his seat

(Newser) - It was close, but Ted Cruz will keep his Senate seat in Texas. The Republican defeated Democrat Beto O'Rourke Tuesday, reports CNN . O'Rourke jumped out to an early lead in returns, but the lead then went back and forth throughout the night. Cruz, though, eventually dashed Democrats' hopes... More »

Pipe Bomb Suspect Also Threatened Beto O'Rourke

Threats were sent over Facebook, spokesperson for Texas congressman says

(Newser) - A spokesman for Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke says the Democratic congressman received threats earlier this year from the suspected pipe bomber in Florida, the AP reports. O'Rourke spokesman Chris Evans says Cesar Sayoc used Facebook to send threatening messages in April. Evans says O'Rourke, who's... More »

O'Rourke Comes Out Swinging in Cruz Debate: 'Lyin' Ted'

But Texas senator swings right back

(Newser) - Beto O'Rourke was relatively reserved in his first debate against Sen. Ted Cruz last month, the New York Times notes. In Tuesday night's debate in San Antonio, however: The congressman was "sharper and edgier," and the Hill notes that "seasoned debater" Cruz, whose Texas Senate... More »

'Beyond Surprising': Beto Breaks Fundraising Records

He raises $31.8M in 3 months in tight race against Ted Cruz

(Newser) - Small-dollar donations have been the hallmark of the campaign of US Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke, who hasn't accepted PAC money in his attempt to grab Ted Cruz's Texas Senate seat. But like snowflakes that form an avalanche, all those more modest donations have converged to become what... More »

Willie Nelson Irks Some Fans With Concert First

Singer will perform in Texas at Beto O'Rourke rally, Nelson's first public show for a political candidate

(Newser) - A free Willie Nelson concert in the heart of the Lone Star State seems like something that would attract fans of all political stripes, but there's a good chance the Sept. 29 event will feature a largely left-leaning crowd. That's because the country crooner is headlining a "... More »

Campaign Uses Trump Tweets Against Cruz

Parkland survivor David Hogg helped Texans raise funds to remind Texans of Trump's taunts

(Newser) - There's been a lot of water under the bridge since Donald Trump and Ted Cruz were battling it out for the Republican nomination—but David Hogg is among those trying to make sure people remember the clash. The Parkland school shooting survivor has helped activists in Texas raise thousands... More »

Beto vs. Ted Keeps Getting More Interesting in Texas

Challenger O'Rourke's national profile is growing, thanks in part to his old days in a band

(Newser) - The race between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke in Texas is emerging as one of the must-watch races of the midterms. Cruz, of course, is the Republican incumbent hoping to keep his Senate seat, while O'Rourke is a 45-year-old three-term congressman mounting a surprisingly strong challenge. A new... More »

A New Kind of Threat for Ted Cruz: a Democrat With Money

Beto O'Rourke raised more than any Democratic US Senate hopeful in Q1

(Newser) - Ted Cruz's re-election campaign got off the ground Monday with a new slogan: "Tough as Texas." On Tuesday came an indication that Cruz's fight may be tougher than expected. Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke announced on Twitter that his campaign brought in $6.7 million... More »

Ted Cruz Doesn't Like Rival Using a Nickname

Chris Cuomo explains why Rafael Edward Cruz is a hypocrite

(Newser) - In a sign of the politics to come before November's midterms, Ted Cruz has called out a rival's name change—and been called a hypocrite. After Rep. Beto O'Rourke won the Democratic primary for the Texas Senate race Tuesday, Cruz released a radio ad slamming O'Rourke... More »

Former Punk Rocker Enters Race to Bring Down Ted Cruz

Rep. Beto O'Rourke might be the Democrats' best hope in 2018

(Newser) - Texas hasn't elected a Democrat to the US Senate in 30 years, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Beto O'Rourke wants to end that drought—by taking down Sen. Ted Cruz. The US representative from El Paso officially entered the race against the former presidential candidate Friday. O'Rourke isn'... More »

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