O'Rourke planning road trip outside of Texas as he considers 2020 bid: report

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) is planning a road trip outside his home state of Texas as he weighs whether to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, according to The Wall Street Journal.

O’Rourke is calling on his aides to plan for him a solo trip that’ll begin in El Paso, which he represented in Congress for six years, and include stops outside of the Lone Star State to places such as community colleges, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the plans.

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But he's steering clear of early primary and caucus states like Iowa, according to the Journal.

The former Democratic congressman plans to make the trip alone — though he may track his travels on social media, which he made a central part of his tech savvy Senate campaign.

O’Rourke, who lost a surprisingly narrow bid against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony Republicans seek to temper fallout from latest Russia bombshells Cruz says Americans outside Beltway unconcerned with Mueller investigation MORE (R-Texas) last November, has emerged as a top potential contender in 2020.

O’Rourke raised an eye-popping $80 million in his Senate race and generated a groundswell of attention both inside and outside of Texas.

During his Senate campaign, he poured cold water on a presidential campaign. But after the 2018 November midterms, O’Rourke has not ruled out a run for the White House.

Meanwhile, the “Draft Beto” campaign, which was formed late last year by a group of Democratic activists, has been beefing up the organization with new staff hires in early primary and caucus states. The group has now added staffers in South Carolina and Nevada.

O’Rourke’s planned trip comes as other potential White House hopefuls plan blitzes in early nominating states, like Iowa and New Hampshire.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBrown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Gillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Native American group denounces Trump for using Wounded Knee in attack against Warren MORE (D-Mass.), who recently announced she’s forming an exploratory committee, made a multi-stop trip in Iowa this past weekend in her first trip since running for president.

And former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D) is set to formalize his presidential campaign on Saturday and soon after travel to New Hampshire.

O’Rourke has started to slowly climb the early 2020 polls of the likely crowded Democratic field. But former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBrown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration 5 takeaways from Barr’s testimony Gillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBrown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Gillibrand announces exploratory committee to run for president on Colbert Dem chairman Cummings meets with Trump health chief to discuss drug prices MORE (I-Vt.) are both still the early leaders as they consider bids to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE.

According to The New York Times, Biden will likely make a decision about 2020 within the next two weeks.