O'Rourke 'very likely' will endorse Democrat in Texas House race

O'Rourke 'very likely' will endorse Democrat in Texas House race
© Greg Nash

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSupport for governors sliding in states without vaccine mandates: survey Abbott bans vaccine mandates from any 'entity in Texas' Abbott disapproval rating up 8 points to 59 percent in San Antonio area: poll MORE said in a Wednesday interview with CBS News that he is "very likely" to support the Democratic challenger to his friend Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdFirst Democrat jumps into key Texas House race to challenge Gonzales Will the real Lee Hamiltons and Olympia Snowes please stand up? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel MORE (R-Texas) after declining to do so in 2018. 

O'Rourke, who did not endorse Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones in 2018 when he was running for the Senate in Texas, said that if she is the nominee again, he will support her. 

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“I will very likely support the nominee in that race. I’m a big fan of Gina," O'Rourke said. "She may have other competition so I don’t want to put my thumb on the scale in that intraparty race, but should she be the nominee, I will be supporting her.” 

“We need to maintain the majority, increase it if we can, in the House of Representatives,” the former Texas congressman added.

He noted that things are different for him now that he is not a House member. 

“It’s a little bit of a different scenario for me now. I’m no longer a member of the House," he said. "I no longer have a day-to-day working relationship with colleagues and friends and Will Hurd is a very good friend across the aisle.”

Hurd defeated Ortiz Jones by 926 votes in 2018. She announced last month that she would run against him again in 2020 and faces former Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl in the Democratic primary.

O'Rourke is among more than two dozen people vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.