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Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke Headed to Iowa this Weekend

14 March, 2019, 13:39 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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But O'Rourke's outreach comes as the former Texas congressman is reportedly beginning to staff up in Iowa in preparation for a likely presidential run following months of media speculation.

The email was sent as O'Rourke appeared at a screening of the documentary "Running for Beto" during South by Southwest's (SXSW) 2019 conference. Ted Cruz during the 2018 midterm elections.

The former congressman also visited the state of Wisconsin last month, meeting with students at a technical college in Milwaukee and at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

A Des Moines Register/CNN Iowa poll released this weekend found that O'Rourke has dropped six percentage points from the first Iowa poll that was released in December.

Mirroring his unsuccessful campaign model, O'Rourke embarked on a solo road trip in January to meet voters, where he had been chronicling the trip on social media and raising some eyebrows with freaky antics such as a Instagram live stream from his dental hygienist's chair.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks to constituents outside of a polling location at Nixon Elementary School in El Paso, Texas, Nov. 6, 2018.

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On Monday, O'Rourke's aides committed to a trip to northeastern Iowa to help Eric Giddens, a Democrat running for the state Senate.

O'Rourke, a former congressman, is set to make stops in Burlington, along the Mississippi River in southeast Iowa, and Dubuque, to the north, during his three days in Iowa, according to two people familiar with the plans. Sterzenbach, Tewes and multiple advisers close to O'Rourke did not respond to requests for comment.

O'Rourke had previously failed to answer invitations to visit Democrats in Iowa, New Hampshire and other early nominating states and hasn't yet made major staffing moves in those places.

The developments underscore how quickly O'Rourke - a little-known congressman before he raised $80 million in his Senate run against Cruz - is assembling a national team, something other candidates spent much of past year preparing to do. "We are excited to share it with everyone soon".

His unorthodox and ultimately unsuccessful Senate campaign, which shunned traditional strategists and instead relied on the candidate's organic appeal, broke fundraising records and earned O'Rourke a national profile that catapulted him into the presidential discussion.

It continued: "And now I'm ready for us to bring our movement to the rest of the country".

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