Beto O'Rourke

Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks during a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, on April 4. 

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke will campaign in Virginia next week, according to his campaign. The former Texas congressman will be the first declared contender to make a campaign swing in the commonwealth.

Virginia’s Democratic presidential primary will be March 3 — Super Tuesday — in which multiple states will vote on the same day, including California, Texas and North Carolina.

O’Rourke will hold meet-and-greets, town hall meetings and other events in the counties of Henrico, Prince William and Fairfax, as well as Norfolk, Hampton, Williamsburg, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg and Alexandria. Details are not yet available.

O’Rourke, 46, came close last year to beating GOP Sen. Ted Cruz in Republican-dominated Texas, losing by 50.9 percent to 48.3 percent. He entered the 2020 presidential primary campaign last month. In February, he held a rally in El Paso, Texas, to coincide with an event at the same time there held by President Donald Trump.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., campaigned in Richmond for the statewide Democratic ticket in October 2017. She announced her presidential bid this January.

Trump captured Virginia’s 2016 GOP presidential primary, edging Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton easily beat Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Virginia’s Democratic primary and carried the state in the general election.

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