Ex punk-rocker O'Rourke launches longshot bid against Cruz

O'Rourke's campaign team sent an email to supporters Wednesday morning revealing that "a big announcement" was coming Friday.

O'Rourke has struggled to emerge as a central political figurehead within the House and garner national attention, but he recently stepped into the spotlight during a bipartisan road trip with Republican Rep. It was on that trip that Beto made a decision to run for Senate. According to the Texas Tribune, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio is weighing a run himself.

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.

Castro has developed into a political firebrand for Democrats in the House since securing his seat for the 20th District of Texas in 2013.

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. O'Rourke told ABC-7 it is important for him to share the decision with El Paso first.

US Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) is expected to announce his plans to run against Sen.

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O'Rourke - a fluent Spanish speaker who lives on the border and says that it is the safest and best place to be - would offer a stark contrast to the politics of Cruz and Trump.

Senator Cruz's campaign has yet to respond to O'Rourke's intentions. Before he began working in Washington, he served as a member of the El Paso City Council from 2005-2011.

Cruz, meanwhile, appears to be steadying his political ship after a rough post-presidential campaign stretch that included being booed off the stage at the Republican National Convention.

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Democrats need to defend 25 seats in 2018, including 10 in states that President Trump carried in the 2016 election.

"I'm very moved to do it", the 44-year-old said in an interview earlier in March.

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