O’Rourke lost to Republican US Senator Ted Cruz just a few months ago….
Beto O’Rourke appears to be close to jumping into the race for president, but some Texas Democrats hope he’ll run for Senate instead.
That’s not to say they would be terribly upset by their favorite son running for the White House. But in terms of what’s best for Texas Democrats, some contend challenging Republican incumbent John Cornyn would provide a greater opportunity for victory and push Texas close to becoming a battleground, if not a bluer state.
“He just needs to decide where he thinks he can better serve and have a better chance of winning,” said Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa. “It’s not just can he do more as president, but where can he win?”
Hinojosa, who said he would be fine with whatever decision O’Rourke makes, said the best chance for the former El Paso congressman to score a groundbreaking victory is against Cornyn in 2020.
O’Rourke, and by extension Texas Democrats, are faced with a difficult decision. Does he take on the difficult task of running for president, a high risk even higher reward venture? Or does he make the seemingly safer choice of running against Cornyn, though that would also be a difficult contest? His choice could determine the future of the Texas Democratic Party that’s been struggling for decades to get out of the political wilderness.
“The consensus is that if he does run for Senate, he has a good chance of winning,” Hinojosa said….