Beto O'Rourke confirms that he's running for president

Beto O'Rourke is deciding not to run for the Senate again in Texas, people close to the former El Paso congressman confirmed on Wednesday.

Instead, he's ramping up speculation on social media by announcing that he and his wife Amy are "excited" to share their decision "on how best to serve the country" soon.

Basically, he's running.

Remember, Beto and President Trump held competing rallies just a few miles from each other just a few weeks ago. It was a small sample of what could happen on the 2020 campaign trail over the next year and a half, that is, if Trump isn't impeached by then.

Currently, the 46-year-old, who smashed fundraising records for Senate campaigns in his bid to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz (he only lost by less than 3 points), is a leading contender among Democrats. Only Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders poll consistently higher. And, Biden hasn't even announced yet.

While Oprah would support any democratic contender, she personally went out on a limb recently to encourage Beto to run. He promised her he'd make his decision by end of February and he appears to be holding his end of the bargain.