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Brennan endorses O’Rourke in Texas

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanFormer CIA head, Cruz trade jabs over killing of Iranian nuclear scientist: 'You are unworthy to represent the good people of Texas' Brennan takes final shot at Trump: 'I leave his fate to our judicial system, his infamy to history, & his legacy to a trash heap' The new marshmallow media in the Biden era MORE on Friday endorsed Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) in the Texas Senate race on Friday, saying he has the “integrity, intellect and character” lacking in Congress.

“As a former resident of Texas and a proud UT-Austin alumnus, I believe Beto O’Rourke is the type of individual Texans need in the U.S. Senate to represent their best interests,” Brennan tweeted.

Monday’s endorsement was the first made by the former Obama administration CIA chief and frequent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE, who has described himself as nonpartisan. 

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Brennan on Tuesday urged his Twitter followers to “vote your conscience” in Tuesday's midterm elections.

He said he would be voting for candidates who “reject inflammatory rhetoric.”

“As the child of an immigrant, I will vote for candidates who believe in America living up to its values & remaining the world’s melting pot,” Brennan tweeted.

Brennan’s endorsement came after he and other prominent Democratic officials were sent explosive devices in the mail last month.

He has said that President Trump's rhetoric has only "fueled" the feelings that could lead to violence. 

"Unfortunately I think Donald Trump has not helped to encourage the type of civil discourse and public engagement, and his rhetoric too frequently, I think, fuels these feelings and sentiments that now are bleeding over into potentially acts of violence," Brennan said last month at the University of Texas at Austin. 

O’Rourke’s race against GOP incumbent Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer CIA head, Cruz trade jabs over killing of Iranian nuclear scientist: 'You are unworthy to represent the good people of Texas' O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE has tightened ahead of Tuesday’s vote.

A poll released Thursday showed Cruz with a 3-point lead. 

Other polls published in October showed Cruz with anywhere from a 5-point to a 10-point advantage, according to the RealClearPolitics polling index.

Election handicappers at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report rate the race as a "toss-up." 

The Hill has reached out to O’Rourke’s campaign for comment.