FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, the 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, makes his concession speech at his election night party in El Paso, Texas. Texas has long been a pipeline for Republican presidential candidates like nowhere in the nation. But it's two of the state's rising stars from the other party who look poised to take 2020 shots at the White House. Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro says he's likely to run, while O'Rourke has done an about-face and isn't ruling one out a bid either, after nearly upsetting Republican Ted Cruz in a Senate race that became highly-watched nationally. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

O'Rourke vs. Castro: 2 Texans eye White House runs

November 28, 2018 - 4:58 pm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Known in recent decades for producing Republican presidential candidates, Texas has two Democrats poised to run for president in 2020.

Julian Castro, a secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former President Barack Obama, says he's likely to run, while Rep. Beto O'Rourke isn't ruling out a bid, either.

It's a reversal for a state where Democrats often seek big-money donors, not White House hopefuls. And it could fuel a rivalry between two of the party's brightest Texas stars.

Castro has done more work preparing for an upcoming White House bid, but O'Rourke's national profile is far higher after coming close to defeating Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

For now, after decades of disappointment, Texas Democrats are excited about the potential of sending two of their own to the national political stage.