Here is everything you need to know about top-tier presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke

Here is everything you need to know about top-tier presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke
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Following months of speculation, Beto O'Rourke, the former Democratic congressman from Texas who emerged as something of a national phenomenon in his losing bid against Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, during the 2018 midterm election cycle, announced he is running for president in 2020.

With his national profile, broad name recognition and a history of smashing fundraising records, O'Rourke jumps into the race immediately as a top-tier candidate. Although O'Rourke fell just 200,000 votes short in his bid to unseat Cruz in 2018, he has drawn comparisons to former President Barack Obama for his speaking style and bipartisan message of hope and unity. The former Texas congressman raised a staggering $80 million in his closer-than-expected performance to Cruz in November. His post-election missives have fueled interest from Democratic donors and the highest levels of the Democratic Party — including from Obama himself — that the right candidate could turn the reddest states blue in the next election cycle.


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