FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the 2018 Democratic Candidate for Senate in Texas, center, greets voters heading to the polls after he voted in El Paso, Texas. O’Rourke barged into last year’s Texas Senate race almost laughably early in March 2017. Now, as the onetime punk rocker mulls a much-hyped White House bid for 2020, he’s doing anything he can to stay in the spotlight without formally starting a campaign. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

How long can O'Rourke wait as 2020 pace picks up around him?

January 13, 2019 - 8:12 am

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke barged into last year's Texas Senate race very early, in March 2017.

A Democratic congressman at the time, O'Rourke insisted he could beat the incumbent, Republican Ted Cruz, even though almost no one nationally knew of him.

Now, as the onetime punk rocker mulls a much-hyped White House bid for 2020, he's doing anything he can to keep attention on himself without actually getting in the race quite yet. O'Rourke isn't expected to decide until at least next month whether he'll run.

Some activists in Iowa and elsewhere are clamoring for him to get in. And some of his potential rivals are moving their timelines earlier.

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