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Brennan endorses O’Rourke in Texas

Former CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan: 'I miss the days when American Presidents ... were respected for their honesty & integrity' CIA's ‘surveillance state’ is operating against us all Falsehood shames Clapper, Brennan and pledge to protect whistleblowers 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 TrumpDeath toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 48: authorities Graham backs bill to protect Mueller Denham loses GOP seat in California 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 CruzIncoming Dem lawmaker from Texas says Nielsen should be replaced as DHS chief Election Countdown: Lawsuits fly in Florida recount fight | Nelson pushes to extend deadline | Judge says Georgia county violated Civil Rights Act | Biden, Sanders lead 2020 Dem field in poll | Bloomberg to decide on 2020 by February Poll: Biden and Sanders lead 2020 Dem field, followed by Beto O'Rourke 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.