Ted Cruz Defeats Beto O'Rourke in Texas

Ted Cruz Defeats Beto O'Rourke in Texas

Ted Cruz Defeats Beto O'Rourke in Texas

The last time a Democrat won a statewide election in Texas was 1994.

Beto O'Rourke energized plenty of folks during his campaign to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R), and shared that he called Cruz, wished him well, and pledged to do whatever is necessary to bring Democrats and Republicans together.

Trump and Cruz were bitter 2016 rivals, but the president visited Houston late last month to solidify the senator's win.

Even that was a shock for Cruz, who won 10-plus contests during the 2016 Republican presidential primary and has always been considered the most powerful and popular conservative in a state full of them. "I think we have every indication, based on turnout so far, that we're going to have a very good day tomorrow". "They're filled with rage and hatred for the president". He insists he won't run for any office higher than Senate, but that's done little to quash speculation that he could challenge Trump for the presidency in two years.

Throughout the campaign, Cruz has assured voters that Texas is and will remain a conservative stronghold, frequently dismissing O'Rourke's media attention as hype.

O'Rourke, whose campaign raised a record-setting $60 million, was a long-shot to defeat Cruz, a Republican, in the historically red state of Texas, despite finding widespread support nationwide in one of the most closely-watched races of the election. Instead of tacking to the center on key issues like gun control, immigration, abortion, and health care, O'Rourke ran on a platform that was more or less indistinguishable from that of Bernie Sanders.

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