Congressman Beto O'Rourke has officially launched his Senate campaign run against incumbent Ted Cruz.
Early Friday morning, O'Rourke launched the betofortexas.com website, which clearly states his intentions to run against Cruz for the 2018 Senate seat.
The official announcement will come at 10 a.m. MST at the Alcantar Sky Garden above the Plaza Theater. O'Rourke previously e-mailed supporters with the time and location of the announcement, asking for RSVP's for those wishing to attend in person.
If you're not able to to attend today's announcement, you can watch on O'Rourke's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/betoorourke.
O'Rourke's first challenge will really depend on whether San Antonio Congressman Joaquin Castro decides to launch a bid for the Senate seat, which would arguably put two of the states most up-and-coming Democratic leaders against each other in a primary battle.
Then of course, there's Texas. The deeply red, deeply conservative state hasn't voted a Democrat into a Senate seat since Lloyd Benson was re-elected for a fourth term in 1988. He later resigned to become U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and his appointed replacement, Bob Krueger, was unable to win the special election to finish Benson's term.
Incumbent Ted Cruz was elected to Senate in 2013 to replace Kay Bailey Hutchinson and later became a rising star in the Tea Party movement and launched an unsuccessful presidential bid which pitted Cruz against many in the party. He still retains favor with many Texans, though.
O'Rourke has maintained that he will not take any PAC money during his race, which means that his campaign will rely heavily on grassroots campaigning and fundraising.
The 2018 Election will take place on November 6, 2018.
Faran covered all things politics in the borderland, which included interviews with local leaders and politicians on issues the borderland faced. Before making her way to the borderland, Faran was the nightly news anchor for FOX28 in South Bend, Indiana. She covered all things political there as well, including then Governor Pence's re-election - before he was chosen as Donald Trump's Vice Presidential pick - and every 2016 Presidential candidate's trip through Michiana.