Beto O’Rourke can raise tens of millions of dollars, fill concert venues with his supporters and motivate a group of voters whose help Democrats badly need to defeat President Donald Trump.
But can he do it from his couch in El Paso after getting defeated by Ted Cruz in one of the highest-profile races of 2018?
O’Rourke moved from unknown congressman to liberal sensation over the course of just a few months, and friends and allies interviewed by the Star-Telegram and McClatchy’s Ground Game Texas team say he has plenty of motivation to turn around another race — perhaps even for his party’s presidential nomination.
His staff has already begun discussing what it would take to put together another campaign.
Plus, after swearing off money from political action committees, O’Rourke raised nearly $70 million as of the most recent reporting period — more than any Senate candidate in history.
“Beto ran a historic, authentic campaign that inspired [small dollar donors] in a way we’ve never seen,” said Adam Bozzi, spokesman for the liberal campaign finance reform group End Citizens United, which supported O’Rourke’s Senate race.
SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, by ANDREA DRUSCH AND JESSICA KOSCIELNIAK