Washington, D.C. April 22 – Before 2018, most of the country had never heard of former Congressman Robert “Beto” O’Rourke (D) from the 16th District of Texas. Today, he is a household name due to his nearly successful, entirely grassroots, U.S. Senate campaign during the 2018 midterm elections. O’Rourke narrowly lost the election to Republican Sen. and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX). Many considered the Democrat’s near-win quite an accomplishment since Texas is such a stronghold for the Republican Party. So, when Beto announced his run for President of the United States last month, many were excited.