Possible O'Rourke White House bid spurs action to mobilize students

U.S. | 2/5/2019 | Tim Reid
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(Reuters) - A Democratic group seeking to persuade former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke to run for president will launch mobilization efforts on college campuses nationwide to coincide with what they believe will be his entry into the race by month’s end.

The Draft Beto campaign, founded in December by former staffers to O’Rourke and to former President Barack Obama, is organizing “Students for Beto” chapters on roughly 100 campuses in about 30 primary and general election states, said Nate Lerner, a Democratic strategist and co-founder of DraftBeto.org.

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“Our goal is to replicate the model and success of Beto’s student outreach efforts during the midterms,” Lerner told Reuters on Wednesday. “Winning the Millennial vote will be key for Beto in both the Democratic primary and to defeat Trump.”

O’Rourke, 46, has said he will decide by the end of February if he will enter the already crowded Democratic field seeking to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in next year’s election.

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Chris Evans, a spokesman for O’Rourke, said in an email: “We are not coordinating with the Draft Beto movement. Beto’s Senate campaign put a historic emphasis on investing in and following the lead of college students and young people.”

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