From The Hill:
Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) will announce on Friday that he’ll challenge Sen.Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in 2018, according to the Houston Chronicle.
O’Rourke will reportedly make the announcement in his hometown of El Paso, which he has represented since 2013.
In an email to supporters last week, the O’Rourke campaign teased an unspecified “big announcement.”
O’Rourke has previously said he’s strongly considering running against Cruz, who unsuccessfully ran for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.
“It’s very likely that I will run for Senate in 2018,” O’Rourke told the Texas Tribune earlier this year.
Of course, running for Senate as a Democrat in Texas is a challenge. But O’Rourke might see now as an opportunity to capitalize on a more vulnerable than usual Cruz. O’Rourke is likely to play up the fact that he’s been willing to work across the aisle with Republicans:
O’Rourke received recent national attention when he embarked on a bipartisan road trip from Texas to Washington, D.C. with colleague Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas).
Whether or not Cruz is vulnerable enough to lose Texas to a Democrat remains to be seen. Little polling has been conducted there, as typically the state is not competitive. A better gauge of Republican attitudes toward Cruz may come in the form of a primary challenger, but nobody has expressed interest in that avenue thus far. Until then, Cruz seems poised to remain in the Senate.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]Admiral