O'Rourke to Announce Cruz Challenge on Friday

O'Rourke has been hinting for months that he would run for the Democratic nomination for Senate, and earlier today posted on Facebook: "Together, we can do something really big, and really powerful for the state of Texas-and for this country".

O'Rourke will reportedly make the announcement in his hometown of El Paso, which he has represented since 2013.

Senator Cruz's campaign has yet to respond to O'Rourke's intentions. His twin brother, Julian, served as Housing Secretary in the Obama administration and was floated as a possible running mate for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential race.

U.S. Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, also has been considering entering the Senate race and has promised a decision by the end of April. O'Rourke survived a 2006 recall effort by opponents of downtown El Paso redevelopment that he supported.

"So you don't know until you do it", O'Rourke said. In a statement Wednesday Castro's political director Matthew Jones said, "It's no secret that Joaquin is heavily weighing a Senate run, and he will continue to have those discussions with his family, friends and supporters across Texas".

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.

O'Rourke grabbed national headlines earlier in March when he took a bipartisan road trip across the United States with Representative Will Hurd (R-TX) after a winter storm in the East Coast grounded flights to DC.

Cruz, who was one of the last GOP candidates standing in the race to the White House, said he planned to run for re-election in May 2016. His father once was the El Paso County judge, and O'Rourke is a former member of the El Paso city council. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, demonstrated a talent for winning positive notice and using social media to engage a large audience. An able campaigner, the Texas senator boosted his national prominence past year after finishing second in the crowded 2016 GOP presidential primary.

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