Beto O’Rourke will not run for U.S. Senate in Texas against incumbent GOP Sen. John Cornyn, according to multiple reports.
The Dallas Morning News was the first to report on Wednesday that the former U.S. congressman has opted against another senate campaign in Texas. The Texas Tribune also reported that O’Rourke wouldn’t run against Cornyn.
The Dallas Morning News added that O’Rourke “will likely announced a campaign for president soon,” citing people close to O’Rourke.
"Amy and I have made a decision about how we can best serve our country," O’Rourke said in a statement to the paper. "We are excited to share it with everyone soon."
O’Rourke nearly defeated Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterm election, losing by less than three points. O’Rourke’s campaign made him the darling of Democrats in Texas and across the United States.
If he declares a bid for president, O’Rourke would enter a crowded Democratic field. Polling has shown O’Rourke among the top tier of candidates, but no poll has shown him in the lead – either nationally or in one of the early primary states.
O’Rourke said earlier this month in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that he would make a decision on what to do about 2020 by the end of February.