Beto O'Rourke: He Gave America Hope
Who is Beto O'Rourke?
Robert Francis O'Rourke "Beto" was born in El Paso, Texas in 1972. He was named after his grandfather. His father served as County Commissioner. So, being politically involved and fighting for his community was something he learned very young.
In order to differentiate him from his grandfather, he was given the nickname "Beto", which he grew up with his entire life. While Beto is 4th generation Irish, he speaks fluent Spanish.
Beto served his community since 2005 when was a member of the City Council, until 2011. He ran for the 16th Congressional District seat in Texas and served from 2013 to 2018.
Beto took his strong Texas will and started a journey to make Texas better for all Texans, regardless of race, religion and most of all political party.
So, who is Beto O'Rourke? He's a Texan with a heart as big as the state.
How did Beto do it?
Beto O'Rourke wasn't well known in Texas, but he quickly changed that by getting out there in the old tradition of block walking and holding town hall meetings. His speeches weren't hate and rhetoric. He touched on those things that matter most not just to Texans, but Americans.
He brought back to politics the politician who campaigned on policy and issues, not hate and divisiveness.
And although he didn't win, he helped get Democrats to the polls and made a difference in Texas elections.
How did Ted Cruz swing a win?
Ted Cruz, barely won his election on Nov 6, 2018. This is a win for Trump, not Ted Cruz. It would be safe to say, that Trump's decision to hold a rally to pull votes for Ted Cruz was successful, though barely.
The Republicans gerrymandering of districts to vote in their favor and they barely squeaked by with a win. Trump's fear mongering of immigrant invasions stirred his followers up and got them to the polls. After all, his key note of all his speeches was "it's not about Cruz, it's about me."
Another possibility would be that the Libertarian Party had a candidate that pulled votes, though we can't say how they would have voted, they would traditionally not vote Republican.
However, the Republicans did suffer two major loses, Houston, Rep. John Culberson lost in the 7th Congressional District to Dem. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and in Dallas' 32 Congressional District Dem. Collin Allred unseated Rep. Pete Sessions.
What can the Republicans take from this? Texas can be won by the Democrats!
Beto didn't win, but he changed Texas elections
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