Texas Republican says he'll vote for Trump 'unless Beto O'Rourke decides to run as a Republican'

Texas Republican says he'll vote for Trump 'unless Beto O'Rourke decides to run as a Republican'
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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) said Sunday that he plans to vote for President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE for president in 2020 "unless Beto O’Rourke decides to run as a Republican."

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Hurd, who has separated himself from Trump on issues such as the border wall and did not endorse him in 2016, is friends with former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas). O'Rourke is still considering a bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

"My plan is to vote for the Republican nominee, yes," Hurd told CNN's "State of the Union."

Host Jake Tapper pressed Hurd on his vote, saying, "Trump over O'Rourke?"

"That's very clear," Hurd responded. "Unless Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke mum on run for Texas governor Beto O'Rourke, Willie Nelson financially back Texas Democrats in elections bill fight Texans split on whether Abbott deserves reelection: poll MORE decides to run as a Republican, which I don't think he's planning on doing.”

O'Rourke and Hurd went on a bipartisan road trip that was heavily promoted on social media in 2018.

Despite his own popularity in the state, O'Rourke did not endorse Hurd's Democratic challenger during the midterms in a tight race in Texas's 23rd District.