Ted Cruz could have a fight on his hands in 2018

31 March 2017, 04:10 | Robert Harris

O'Rourke declined to specifically confirm a report in the Houston Chronicle that he would be announcing his candidacy Friday, saying he owed it to Texas voters to tell them first.

"People have just come to take it as an article of faith that a Democrat can't win", O'Rourke said in an interview this month, Politico reported.

A Castro bid is no sure thing; he has a rising profile in Congress, he's on the leadership track in the House of Representatives and he's deeply involved in the investigations into whether Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 elections. "Nearly no one wins in a primary against a sitting incumbent who has been there for eight terms, so you don't know until you do it".

O'Rourke has spent the past several weeks traveling the state and has said in recent weeks that he is likely to launch a bid for U.S. Senate. In the 2014 primaries, about 28,000 voters turned out in El Paso County, while nearly 42,000 cast ballots in Castro's home turf of Bexar County. U-S House Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro of San Antonio has also been considering a run against Cruz and is expected to make his decision sometime in April.

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Democratic Congressman Robert "Beto" O'Rourke plans a campaign announcement in El Paso tomorrow and sounds as if he's ready to challenge Republican Senator Ted Cruz for his Senate seat next year.

No matter who the Democratic nominee is, a race against Cruz will be an uphill slog.

Earlier this month, O'Rourke gained national attention when he drove the more than 1,500 miles from the border area in Texas to Washington with fellow Texan and GOP colleague, Rep. Before he began working in Washington, he served as a member of the El Paso City Council from 2005-2011.

Democrats need to defend 25 seats in 2018, including 10 in states that President Trump carried in the 2016 election. Julian was elected mayor of San Antonio and then became President Obama's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and was mentioned as a possible vice presidential running mate for Hillary Clinton past year. Will Hurd of Texas earlier in March.



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