O'Rourke: 'I think we can win Texas' in 2020

O'Rourke: 'I think we can win Texas' in 2020
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Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention: report O'Rourke on Texas reopening: 'Dangerous, dumb and weak' Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas) predicted Tuesday that, if elected the Democratic presidential nominee, he could win Texas in the 2020 general election.

"Yes, I think we can win Texas," O'Rourke said in remarks to reporters in New Hampshire. "I think we've proven we know how to campaign," he added, noting he'd been to each of Texas's 254 counties.

"We’ve listened to the stories our fellow Texans have told us. We’ve incorporated it in the way in which we campaign and in the way in which I wish to serve," O'Rourke added.

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Democrats' hopes of winning Texas have been rising, but O'Rourke lost the state just last year to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFormer Trump adviser Jason Miller to join reelection campaign Texas Republicans call on county GOP chair to resign for saying Floyd's death was staged Rosenstein takes fire from Republicans in heated testimony MORE (R-Texas) by more than 200,000 votes. 

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Still, demographic changes — and O'Rourke's stronger showing than Clinton just two years ago — has Democrats thinking big about the Lone Star State, which a Democrat hasn't won since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

O'Rourke last week officially announced his candidacy for presidency, vowing a “positive campaign” that “seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us, that seeks to unite a very divided country.”