O’Rourke To Make His 2018 Senate Bid Official
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke is set to announce a longshot bid to unseat Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
The former punk rocker plans to make his 2018 Senate run official at a rooftop convention space in his hometown of El Paso on Friday.
Cruz finished second to Donald Trump in last year's crowded GOP presidential primary field and remains powerful in Texas — which hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.
But O'Rourke, a Spanish-speaking, third-term House member, insists Cruz is beatable.
The 44-year-old O'Rourke once played guitar for an El Paso punk band called Foss.
Before challenging Cruz, though, O'Rourke may have to emerge from a Democratic Senate primary that could feature fellow U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, who might be favored because of stronger name recognition across Texas.