Democratic star Beto O'Rourke confirms he's running for president

Democratic star Beto O'Rourke confirms he's running for president Democratic star Beto O'Rourke confirms he's running for president


                            Democratic star Beto O'Rourke confirms he's running for president

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke has told a Texas TV station that he's running for president in 2020.

The former Texas congressman sent a text message to KTSM on Wednesday afternoon confirming the news that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination.

Beto O'Rourke sent a text message to KTSM on Wednesday afternoon confirming the news that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Beto O'Rourke sent a text message to KTSM on Wednesday afternoon confirming the news that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

He wrote: "I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents. It's a big part of why I'm running. This city is the best example of this country at its best."

O'Rourke was little-known outside his hometown of El Paso until he challenged Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last year. He got within 3 percentage points of upsetting Cruz in the nation's largest red state and shattered national fundraising records while using grassroots organizing and social media savvy to mobilize young voters and minorities.