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O’Rourke announces next move, creates political group focused on helping Democrats in 2020

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Former El Paso congressman Beto O'Rourke delivers a campaign speech during his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomation.

EL PASO, Texas -- Former El Paso Congressman and presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has announced his next move.

In an email sent to his supporters, O'Rourke said he's creating a grassroots organization called Powered by People.

O'Rourke said the goal is to help Democrats win elections in Texas.

"It will give us a shot at picking up as many as 6 additional seats in the U.S. House of Representatives," O'Rourke wrote. "It will show the rest of Texas that we can finally replace John Cornyn, Trump’s most reliable enabler, in the U.S. Senate."

O'Rourke said he will spend the next year organizing volunteers who will help register people to vote, knock on doors, and make phone calls.

O'Rourke cited his recent volunteer work with Eliz Markowitz, who's running for the state legislature, as his inspiration to create this group. Markowitz is in a run-off election to against Republican Gary Gates in the Fort Bend, Texas area.

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