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Texas ex-Congressman to run for US President

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Former Congressman has said that he is joining the race to take on Republican in 2020.

O'Rourke, 46, is the 15th Democrat to declare his bid for the He is expected to make his formal announcement on Thursday via before appearing in Iowa, one of the key states in the early part of an election campaign.

O'Rourke joins a growing roster of people vying for the Democratic nomination, including Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Hindu US Congresswoman and Pete Buttigieg, among others.

In last year's mid-term election, he ran a tight race against Republican for his seat. The former punk rock is seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, who can draw huge crowds and funding, the reported.

Though his campaign proved ultimately unsuccessful, he did better than any Democrat in for decades, running a that energised the nationwide and drew comparisons with former

A fluent Spanish speaker, the with Irish roots broke fundraising records by amassing more than $80 million (£62 million) over the course of his 2018 campaign. He also travelled to all of Texas' 254 counties in his bid, documenting every moment of the journey on

"I'm really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents," O'Rourke said in a text message to local "It's a big part of why I'm running. This city is the best example for this country at its best."



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 13:52 IST