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Rising Democrat star invited to key US primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire

Beto O’Rourke has not yet revealed whether he will make a run for the White House.

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The White House (Niall Carson/PA)

The White House (Niall Carson/PA)

The White House (Niall Carson/PA)

Rising star Beto O’Rourke has been invited to the home of the US’s first presidential primary amid heightened buzz the Texan Democrat could run for the White House after narrowly losing his state’s Senate race.

The invitation from the New Hampshire Young Democrats arrived on November 10.

Democrats in Iowa, whose caucuses kick off presidential voting, have extended similar invites.

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Beto O’Rourke (Eric Gay/AP)

Beto O’Rourke (Eric Gay/AP)

Beto O’Rourke (Eric Gay/AP)

Mr O’Rourke’s spokesman Chris Evans said: “We’ve received invites to both”, but added “no action has been taken on either”.

Some Democratic donors are clamouring for the three-term politician from El Paso to run for president in 2020, following his loss to Republican Senator Ted Cruz by less than three percentage points in fiercely conservative Texas.

Mr O’Rourke has not ruled out a presidential run, saying he will decide what is next after his House term ends on January 3.

With the midterm elections over, the new year will see announcements from candidates who want to run for president.

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