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That means O & # 39; Rourke, who emerged in the middle as a progressive star, is free to run for president.
Talk about O & # 39; Rourke who drove for the White House would have happened if he had defeated Cruz, to be sure. But Democrats say it should not be calm of his loss.
Rourke ended within three percentage points of Cruz, an exceptional achievement compared to previous democratic standards during the recent Texas Senate competition.
Democrats across the country say that if R & R; Rourke wants to run for president, he has the potential to take the lead by storm.
“If he wants to run, he should do it,” said the democratic strategist Maria Cardona.
“He now has a name recognition, a very successful collection effort, a new fresh face with a sprinkling of the wake, a cool person, a new perspective, he speaks Spanish and would be an exciting and optimistic candidate,” she said.
Another strategist was even more enthusiastic.
“I hate to say this because it would scare away many democrats but the fact is we have so many people and we really do not have any exciting, no one who would send a thrill up Chris Matthews’s leg, in addition to Beto, said strategen , refers to the MSNBC “Hardball” values that expressed such excitement about hearing President Obama speaking.
“You know how I know? I had friends who called me to ask about him. I would listen to conversations about him. He generates the kind of buzz we have not seen since hope and change, “added the strategen.
Republicans also expressed surprise at the performance of Rourke.
” He could raise a huge amount of money and it differentiates stand alone from the crowd, “says Matt Mackowiak, a Republican strategist with Texas base.” He has a bit of a star quality to him. People in Texas became fascinated and moved by him.
“He lost 3 percent is impressive,” added Mackowiak.
O & # 39; Rourke is in an unusual situation. Most candidates who lose a competition return to the drawing board on career plans. Sometimes they can run back to the same office again. But rarely do candidates who lose on a lower scale aspire to a larger office – immediately the presidency.
Some say it’s too big a jump for the three-year-old congressman.
“It’s hard to know what to do,” says Cal Jillson, Professor of Political Science at Southern Methodist University. “It’s not like he’s not an attractive candidate. It’s just what makes a jump from a losing senate contest to a winning presidential election when you have two tens of competitors and Donald John TrumpKerry knocks Trump over canceled cemetery visits because of Weather Firefighting Confederation criticizes Trump over California brand comments Axl Rose roasts “demented” Trump to threaten to pull California Eliminated Money more. Show me an example. It does not mean he can not do it, you just do not see one road. “
Those who know R & R, say he has no plans to run for president and had his plans cleaned to win the senate seat. When he met campaign assistants earlier this week, there was no talk about a White House bid.
In an interview earlier this week, he confirmed that he did not intend to run.
“I’m not going to be a candidate for President 2020,” said the MSNBC Rourke. “That’s, I think, as definitely as the sentences get.”
But if he chooses not to run, some strategists say he could miss a great opportunity.
“He must think hard about it, because times like this do not come around often in politics and they tend to be volatile,” said the democratic strategist David Wade, who served as a senior aide to John Kerry  John Forbes KerryKerry Knocks Trump Over Canceled Cemeteries Due to Weather With Matthew Whitaker Playing Roy Cohn, DOJ can be Trumps Personal Law Firm Pollster says anti-Muslim feelings follow rhetoric of politician MER.
Wade compared R & R’s momentum with time Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama Here we are: a nation shared by statues Michelle Obama on marriage counseling: “We get help with our marriage when we need it” Warren? Biden? Sanders? Dems have different answers in 2020 after 2018 MORE ‘s captured democrats’ fantasy when he gave the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
“Imagine if Barack Obama has postponed his immediate accession from the 2004 Convention and was waiting for a safer bike to run for president,” Wade said. “You can not guarantee that these moments last forever. Moments change. Political demand signals change.”
If Rourke did not run for the White House, Wade predicted that his approval would be fought by what is expected to be a crowded candidate area .
He will then become a desired surrogate on the campaign track, Wade said. “And he’s automatically on top of the vice president’s shortcuts,” he added.
Mackowiak said a problem O & # 39; Rourke faces is that he will be out of office during the 2020 campaign period and thus have no platform.
“He will be just another voice in a crowded field of democrats who have their own platforms,” he said.