Willie Nelson on supporting O'Rourke: 'Anything he wants to do, I'm with Beto'
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Country music icon Willie Nelson says he still supports former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeCNN signs Andrew Yang as contributor Krystal Ball: Voters are coming to their own judgements about who is electable Warren campaign to host series of events in Texas MORE (D-Texas) for office, after initially endorsing his Senate run last year.

In an interview with The View on Tuesday, Nelson said that he would support O'Rourke whether he remained in the 2020 presidential race or if O'Rourke decided to drop out and run for Senate against Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements Trump Medicaid proposal sparks bipartisan warnings MORE (R-Texas).

"There are a lot of them out there that are racing for the same thing," Nelson said of the 2020 Democratic primary, which has swelled to two dozen contenders in recent weeks.

"It's hard to tell who's where right now, it's going to take a while," he continued, adding: “Anything he wants to do, I’m with Beto.”

Nelson, who has typically supported Democrats in the past, endorsed O'Rourke in his widely-watched Senate run against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz targets California governor over housing 'prescriptions' This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Democrats: It's Trump's world, and we're just living in it MORE (R) last year, which ended with the former Texas congressman within single digits of ousting the GOP senator and former presidential candidate.

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O'Rourke was thought to be considering another Senate run in the months following his defeat, but earlier this year announced a campaign for president instead.

A reporter with the polling outfit Morning Consult told The Hill in April that losing O'Rourke as a potential Senate contender was a major blow to Democrats in the state given O'Rourke's poor national polling in the Democratic primary so far.

"The biggest negative for Democrats right now is probably Beto O'Rourke deciding not to run for Senate against Cornyn," Eli Yokely told Hill.TV in April.

"Texas is a hard state. Beto had a pretty good base there. To lose him as a candidate is sort of a loss," he continued at the time.