Beto O'Rourke launches 2020 bid for president, Texas TV station confirms

Beto O'Rourke addresses supporters in El Paso on election night in November

The former El Paso, Texas Congressman will make the announcement on Thursday morning, but he confirmed via text to CBS 17 sister station KTSM Wednesday afternoon that he is seeking the Democratic nomination.

Beto O'Rourke speaks to Oprah Winfrey on stage during a taping of her TV show in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 5, 2019.

The trip will serve as the first test of whether O'Rourke can carry to the national political stage the pop-star appeal he showed in Texas a year ago, drawing enthusiastic crowds and $80 million in campaign donations.

Many on both sides of the aisle have wondered whether or not Beto would run, especially after his loss to Sen.

When it became clear that O'Rourke was considering a run in 2020, Trump again mocked the Democratic phenom. In an encouraging sign, however, a third of respondents said they did not know enough about him to have an opinion.

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The field of Democratic candidates already includes Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Julian Castro, among others.

Prior to his Senate bid, O'Rourke had kept a relatively low profile as a three-term congressman with little name recognition.

"I thought you were supposed to win before you run for president", Trump told reporters in December.

"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents", O'Rourke said of his hometown in a text to TV station KTSM, which first reported his entry into the race.

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