Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy endorses Beto O'Rourke in 2020 presidential election

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Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy is officially on the Beto train. 

Apparently it didn't take long for Murphy, D-Winter Park, to make up her mind on who she's rooting for in the lead-up to the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, as she threw her wholehearted endorsement behind former three-term Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke on Thursday.



"Our party will benefit from his ideas, energy [and] pragmatism," Murphy wrote on Twitter. "Our country would benefit from his compassion, authenticity [and] unifying vision. He's the candidate I trust with our nation's future. Count me in!"

O'Rourke – who lost a U.S. Senate race against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz by 2 percentage points in November, the closest Senate race in Texas since 1978 – had been teasing a possible run for months leading up to his campaign's official announcement earlier today.

Now, O'Rourke will join a cast of 14 fellow Democrats (so far) seeking the party's nomination, including U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar; South Bend Mayor Pete Buttegieg; and fellow Texas Democrat and former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, among others.



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