O'Rourke: 'I think we can win Texas' in 2020

Former Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas) predicted Tuesday that, if elected the Democratic presidential nominee, he could win Texas in the 2020 general election.

“Yes, I think we can win Texas,” O’Rourke said in remarks to reporters in New Hampshire. “I think we’ve proven we know how to campaign,” he added, noting he’d been to each of Texas’s 254 counties.

“We’ve listened to the stories our fellow Texans have told us. We’ve incorporated it in the way in which we campaign and in the way in which I wish to serve,” O’Rourke added.

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Democrats’ hopes of winning Texas have been rising, but O’Rourke lost the state just last year to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Texas) by more than 200,000 votes. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE defeated Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE by more than 800,000 votes in the 2016 election.

Still, demographic changes — and O’Rourke’s stronger showing than Clinton just two years ago — has Democrats thinking big about the Lone Star State, which a Democrat hasn’t won since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

O’Rourke last week officially announced his candidacy for presidency, vowing a “positive campaign” that “seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us, that seeks to unite a very divided country.”

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