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

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

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeSanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina On The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

Democrats' hopes of winning Texas have been rising, but O'Rourke lost the state just last year to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBooker, Harris have missed most Senate votes O'Rourke sweeps through Virginia looking to energize campaign Disney to donate million to rebuild Notre Dame MORE (R-Texas) by more than 200,000 votes. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE defeated Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Ex-FBI official: 'Links and coordination' with Russia happen everyday Ex-FBI agent: Americans should be 'disgusted' by Russian interference in Mueller report 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.”