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 on Texas reopening: 'Dangerous, dumb and weak' Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House O'Rourke slams Texas official who suggested grandparents risk their lives for economy during pandemic 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 Cruz125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House Cruz threatens to stop federal agencies from cooperating with Hollywood over China 'censorship' 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 BidenBiden slams Trump in new ad: 'The death toll is still rising.' 'The president is playing golf' Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden COVID-19 makes Trump's work with black Americans that much harder MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden Julián Castro to become senior advisor for Voto Latino It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process 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.