O’Rourke confirms to El Paso TV station that he’ll run for president

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EL PASO, Tex. (KBTX)- Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke has confirmed in a text to an El Paso TV station that he will run for president.

O’Rourke, who captured national attention in his ultimately unsuccessful bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in 2018, will announce his candidacy on Thursday, KSTM-TV reported.

O'Rourke is planning a series of stops in Iowa beginning Thursday, The Associated Press reported.

Two people familiar with O'Rourke's planning told AP the Democrat is expected to visit Burlington Iowa, a working class community on the Mississippi river in the southeastern part of the state.

He had already planned to visit the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday to campaign for a Democrat running in a special state Senate election, AP reported.

He has added events, including a house party Saturday evening in Dubuque, a Democratic hub in northeast Iowa.