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'RourkeO'Rourke slams Texas official who suggested grandparents risk their lives for economy during pandemic Hispanic Caucus campaign arm unveils non-Hispanic endorsements Five Latinas who could be Biden's running mate 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 CruzOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves Florida sheriff asks for new leads in disappearance of Carole Baskin's former husband after Netflix's 'Tiger King' drops 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 BidenCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Biden to host 'virtual fireside chat' with donors Esper faces tough questions on dismissal of aircraft carrier's commander MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Cuomo's been good, but he's not going to be the Democratic nominee Does Joe Biden really want to be president? 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.