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Beto O’Rourke was threatened by pipe bomb suspect, according to his campaign

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke was on the radar of the man who allegedly sent pipe bombs to top Democratic officials.

O’Rourke, a Democrat from El Paso, reportedly received threatening messages on Facebook earlier this year from Cesar Sayoc, the Florida man arrested on charges he sent pipe bombs to prominent Democrats ranging from former President Obama to Hillary Clinton.

“We received a threat via Facebook from that individual in April, a threat toward Beto, and we immediately reported it to the (U.S.) Capitol police,” O’Rourke spokesman Chris Evans sent in a text message to some media outlets on Wednesday. “Then we turned over the message and the information and the threat to the FBI in July.”

O’Rourke is challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for his U.S. Senate seat. A Democrat has not won a statewide post in Texas since 1994.

The messages Sayor allegedly sent to O’Rourke included pictures of O’Rourke and his family with a warning: “Hug your loved ones everytime (sic) you leave home. See you soon,” the Dallas Morning News first reported.

Early voting runs through Friday.

The election is Nov. 6.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley
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