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Group launches campaign to 'Draft Beto' for 2020 White House bid

A group of Democratic activists on Tuesday launched a campaign to draft Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeMexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized Mexico emerging as foreign policy challenge for Biden Beyoncé sports pro-Biden mask on Instagram MORE (D-Texas) into running for president in 2020.

The "Draft Beto" campaign will focus on raising $1 million to "both convince him to run and give him a head start in the primary."

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O'Rourke is considered a potential 2020 presidential candidate after his energetic but unsuccessful bid to unseat 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 (R-Texas) in the November midterm elections.

He finishes his congressional term on Jan. 3 and has yet to make an announcement regarding his potential candidacy.

O'Rourke told the Dallas Morning News this week that he hasn't "even really begun the serious work of making a decision."

A CNN poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers released Saturday showed O'Rourke trailing only former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Inequality of student loan debt underscores possible Biden policy shift In defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism MORE (I-Vt.) among potential Democratic candidates.

The "Draft Beto" group is the second organization to be formed since O'Rourke's Senate campaign, following "Draft Beto 2020," which has mostly focused on New Hampshire.

The new group includes "former Beto and Obama staffers, actors, social media influencers, a Google employee, a NY public defender, and former Democratic Congressional candidates," according to its website.

Those social media influences include actor Misha Collins, who has 2.9 million Twitter followers, and voice actor Tara Strong, who has close to 400,000.

The former congressional candidates involved are Mallory Hagan, who ran in Alabama, and Renee Hoagenson, who ran in Missouri.