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

Ted Cruz of Texas, according to reports.

O'Rourke now represents the far West Texas District that includes El Paso.

The El Paso congressman has said that Castro's decision will have no impact on whether or not he decides to run and has called him a "good friend". Additionally, the Democratic primary is dominated by Latino voters who tend to first favor Latino candidates, so Castro's starting advantage is dramatic. He also participated in last year's sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives, which several Democrats mounted in an attempt to get a vote on gun control legislation.

O'Rourke has struggled to emerge as a central political figurehead within the House and garner national attention, but he recently stepped into the spotlight during a bipartisan road trip with Republican Rep. An able campaigner, the Texas senator boosted his national prominence a year ago after finishing second in the crowded 2016 GOP presidential primary. Twin brother Joaquin served San Antonio in the Legislature for a decade before winning election to Congress in 2012.

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Cruz, meanwhile, appears to be steadying his political ship after a rough post-presidential campaign stretch that included being booed off the stage at the Republican National Convention.

Rep. Joaquin Castro told The Houston Chronicle he would announce his decision in April as to whether he will run for Senate on the Democrat ticket. "I have a big announcement to make on Friday".

The differences between O'Rourke and Cruz are clear: aside from their opposite political parties, O'Rourke was in a handful of rock bands in his younger days and attended Colombia University. His father once was the El Paso County judge, and O'Rourke is a former member of the El Paso city council.

He is suspected to have the assistance of Chris Archer, a major Democratic operative in the state of Texas, and someone who has had his hands in the campaigns of former Mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, as well as other Democratic congressmen in Texas.

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