is the primary political correspondent for The Texas Tribune, and editor of
The Blast, the Tribune's subscription-only daily newsletter for political insiders. Patrick logged countless miles on the 2016 campaign trail, covering the many Texas angles of the momentous presidential race. He previously worked for the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau. He graduated in 2014 from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He originally is from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
O'Rourke raised $6.1 million in his first 24 hours as a presidential candidate, surpassing his 2020 Democratic rivals' totals for the same period. Bernie Sanders raised $5.9 million in his first 24 hours.
Tuesday's special election runoff for House District 125 is drawing many comparisons to the state Senate race that Democrats lost last year — but this time, the party isn't leaving anything up to chance.
Republicans spent last year insisting O'Rourke was too liberal for Texas. Democrats have since scrutinized him from the left, an examination that will only intensify if he jumps into the presidential race.