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Beto O’Rourke tells Oprah he'll decide on 2020 run by end of month

Beto O'Rourke in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Tuesday in New York City.
Beto O'Rourke in an interview with Oprah Winfrey on Tuesday in New York City. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Beto O’Rourke told Oprah Winfrey in an interview Tuesday that he has been thinking about running for president in 2020, and that he will make a decision "before the end of this month."

"That’s a big question for us to think through. I gotta tell you — I’m so excited at the prospect of being able to play that role. I want to make sure [with my family] that we’re all good with this."
— O’Rourke told Oprah, per The Texas Tribune's Patrick Svitek

The big picture: O'Rourke's Texas Senate campaign against Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterms brought the 46-year-old former congressman to national prominence, though he ultimately lost the election by about 3%. If O'Rourke launches a bid, he would join what is already a crowded Democratic field, which includes Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and others.

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Exclusive poll: Trump's 2020 woman problem

Data: SurveyMonkey online poll. Poll methodology; Note: Net favorability is the difference between the share of respondents who approve and disapprove; Chart reflects responses of registered voters. Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

President Trump would lose the 2020 election against every woman mentioned as a possible Democratic opponent, according to an Axios poll by SurveyMonkey, aired first on HBO Sunday night.

Why it matters: Trump is underwater with women voters (64% of women view him unfavorably), and particularly among white suburban women — a group that will be critical in 2020. Look for Democrats to turn to their top 2020 female candidates after Tuesday’s election. A record number of women are running and a record number of women are expected to vote and win come Tuesday. 

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