Beto O’Rourke captured a lot of attention, both in Texas and nationally, for pushing Ted Cruz to the brink of an electoral loss in 2018. Yes, O’Rourke lost his bid for the United States Senate, but he made tremendous gains over the last Democrat to try such a feat against Ted Cruz:
- 2012: Ted Cruz wins by 15.84%
- 2018: Ted Cruz wins by 2.64%
That’s an improvement of 13-plus points, which has many people talking about Beto O’Rourke running for president. Donald Trump won Texas in 2016 by 9 points, which means a similar improvement would turn Texas blue in 2020 — and likely swing the election to the Democrats.
But still: A loser for president? It worked for Abraham Lincoln, Politico says.
Also, Barack Obama recently met with Beto O’Rourke, and many ex-Obama aides are saying that O’Rourke reminds them of their old boss.
Hmm, so is this thing going to happen? O’Rourke for America?
No one knows for sure, but the New York Times is starting to write about the possibility. O’Rourke is meeting with Reverend Al Sharpton, which is apparently a rite of passage for candidates. Also, while O’Rourke denied the possibility of running for higher office during the campaign, he has now backed off those denials.
In January 2019, you’re going to see the next round of politicians declare their candidacies for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. At that point, Beto O’Rourke will have had 2 full months and the entirety of the holiday season to relax, recharge and spend time with his family.
Perhaps those 2 months will make him long for the days of barnstorming around Texas and talking to everyday people about their lives. Who knows? Maybe he’ll miss the road just enough to want to visit Iowa’s 99 counties the way he visited all 254 of Texas’ prior to the 2018 election.