By Sarah Ashmore 03/15/2019

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Beto O’Rourke announced his 2020 presidential run by sending an email to an El Paso television station.

So far, the former congressman has focused his campaign around the idea of abandoning partisan politics. While O’Rourke has not clearly defined his beliefs, his congressional voting record is moderate.

Last year O’Rourke rose to national prominence when he ran for a Texas Senate seat. He lost the race to incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz by slightly over 200,000 votes. During the race, he received $80 million in donations from people across the country.

Part of his popularity stems from his uncommon approach to campaigning during the Senate race.

O’Rourke often livestreams his life on Facebook, visits rural areas most politicians ignore and has substantially fewer aides and staff members with presidential campaign experience than other candidates.

He managed to visit all 254 counties in Texas during his Senate campaign.

O’Rourke plans to use a similar approach during his presidential campaign. The itinerary of his first three-day visit to Iowa includes eight territories President Obama won in 2012 but President Trump won in 2016.

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