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

Rep. Joaquin Castro also recently played around with the idea of running for Cruz's seat.

In an email to supporters last week, the O'Rourke campaign teased an unspecified "big announcement".

"So you don't know until you do it", O'Rourke said.

A Cruz spokesperson declined to comment on the announcement.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, an El Paso Democrat widely expected to launch a challenge to Republican Sen. It was on that trip that Beto chose to run for Senate.

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Cruz's seat is considered a long-shot bid for Democrats in a deeply conservative state like Texas.

"He's been running for president for four years while he should have been serving the people in Texas", said the 44-year-old third-term congressman, who would enter next year's contest against Cruz as a considerable underdog in Republican-leaning Texas.

Jones added that Castro "has always led the charge on tough fights, so one way or another, he will be on the front lines of the 2018 midterm elections doing everything he can to continue to hold Republicans accountable". At the other end of the spectrum are the die-hard Trump fans who haven't forgiven Cruz's "vote your conscience" advice en lieu of a Trump endorsement at the Republican National Convention. His father once was the El Paso County judge, and O'Rourke is a former member of the El Paso city council. Hardly anyone in state or national politics considers it realistic that the national party will heavily invest in this race. Julian was elected mayor of San Antonio and then became President Obama's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and was mentioned as a possible vice presidential running mate for Hillary Clinton previous year. Will Hurd earlier this month.

The two congressmen live-streamed the road trip from Texas to Washington on Facebook Live, the Huffington Post reported.

O'Rourke first floated the notion of a Senate campaign to The Texas Tribune just before Election Day last fall.

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