O’Rourke, who is giving up his House seat, may just be getting started.
The Democrat’s backers are already urging him to run against President Donald Trump in 2020 despite the defeat on Tuesday. They consoled each other on Twitter, sent messages of support and shared their hopes for the future.
Beto might have lost Texas but his loss has paved the way for him to run for President. #Beto2020
— Paola Mendoza (@paolamendoza) November 7, 2018
What Beto O’Rourke did in Texas was absolutely amazing and—while I’m certainly not announcing support for any candidate—I do believe, fervently, Beto should run for President of the United States in 2020.
100% serious. If he can get 48% in Texas, anything is possible nationally.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) November 7, 2018
The fact that Beto came so close still feels like a big deal.
— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) November 7, 2018
I think if you voted for Ted Cruz you should have to literally hug him.
— Jackie Jennings (@ohhijackie) November 7, 2018
A democrat in Texas got to the point where it was too close to call for a very long part of the night.
A DEMOCRAT in TEXAS almost won.
He didn’t lose. His name is out there now.#Beto2020
— Jake (Hot Librarian) (@georgewhips) November 7, 2018
Just like Pres Obama, Beto got our attention. So many people from around the country would have voted for him if they could. #Beto2020
— IndieEm (@IndieEm) November 7, 2018
“if you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”
– Beto O’Rourke, probably
— Josh Brooks (@DekuSeedot) November 7, 2018