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'RourkeEXCLUSIVE: Trump on reparations: 'I don't see it happening' Overnight Energy: Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution | Poll finds Biden top choice for climate-minded voters | Trump USDA reportedly buried climate warnings Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution, ban fracking 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 Cruz Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage 2020 Democrat Bennet releases comprehensive government reform plan GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE (R-Texas) by more than 200,000 votes. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE defeated Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to debate for first time as front-runner Top Trump ally says potential Amash presidential bid could be problematic in Michigan Chaotic Trump transition leaks: Debates must tackle how Democrats will govern differently MORE by more than 800,000 votes in the 2016 election.

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.”