Willie Nelson to headline rally for Beto O'Rourke

Willie Nelson to headline rally for Beto O'Rourke
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Country singer Willie Nelson will headline a rally for Democratic Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeOvernight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall CNN announces four more town halls featuring 2020 Dems MORE later this month as O’Rourke campaigns to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz slams Jim Carrey's 'vicious, angry' painting of Alabama governor after abortion ban Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults MORE (R) in Texas in the midterm elections this November.

“If we're going to win and elect Beto to the Senate, we need Texans to vote for him! And what’s more Texan than Willie Nelson? (Nothing!),” O’Rourke’s campaign wrote on an event page for the rally.

The rally is scheduled for Sept. 29 in Austin, Texas.  

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Nelson’s appearance at the rally will mark his first-ever public performance on behalf of a political candidate, Rolling Stone reported. The magazine noted that Nelson pulled O'Rourke onstage at a concert near Austin this summer for renditions of “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

Nelson is originally from Abbott, Texas, a town in the central part of the state.

The rally will come as O’Rourke faces a close race against Cruz. Cruz currently has about a 3 point lead over O’Rourke, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polling in the race.

Nelson has been an outspoken critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE. Last year, he released a song, “Delete and Fast-Forward,” that he said was inspired by Trump.

In June, Nelson said Christians “should be up in arms” over the Trump administration’s "zero tolerance" immigration policy that resulted in families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border.