Beto O’Rourke LOSES to Ted Cruz by just 3 points and drops f-bomb in concession speech as Texas turns from safe Republican seat into nail biter for GOP

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
By Paul Martin

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz won reelection on Tuesday night
Democrat Beto O’Rourke gave him a tough fought race
O’Rourke voted in El Paso Tuesday morning with his wife, three kids and members of the media in tow
His challenge to Cruz has made him a national phenomenon
But polls consistently showed Cruz in the lead
A Democrat in Texas hasn’t won statewide election Texas since 1994
Cruz wrapped up his campaign with a final stop at the spot where he launched his re-election bid: a Houston-area honky-tonk called the Redneck Country Club

7 November 2018

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won reelection Tuesday night, holding off a hard fought challenge from Democratic upstart Beto O’Rourke.

Early results showed O’Rourke running neck and neck with Cruz but the incumbent senator managed to pull off a victory.

With 79 percent of the vote in, Cruz was leading O’Rourke 51 percent to 48.4 percent.

O’Rourke gave an impassioned concession speech to screaming fans where he told his hometown: ‘El Paso, I love you so much’ and then dropped the f-bomb as some networks carried his speech live.

‘I want to thank this amazing campaign of people,’ he said. ‘All people all the time, all the time, in every single part of Texas, all of you, showing the country how you do this. I’m so f****** proud of you guys.’

MSNBC was airing his speech when the obscenity occurred.

‘Sorry for the F-bomb,’ anchor Brian Williams said. ‘We have no control of what’s in the concession speeches.’

Cruz has led in the polls throughout their matchup -but O’Rourke gave him enough of a political scare he campaigned like a man who was afraid he’ll lose: holding some 50 rallies in the past six weeks and bringing in his former rival for the 2016 presidential nomination, Donald Trump.

Democrats held on to faint hopes that record high early voting numbers – more Texans voted early in 2018 than voted in total in 2014 – would give the result they desperately hoped for in the most expensive Senate race in the 2018 midterms.

But even a loss for O’Rourke could be a win.

The two-term Congressman from the Texas-Mexico border has exploded on to the national scene. His extensive use of social media – even doing Facebook Lives in his car as he drives between campaign rallies and orders from Whataburger – has endeared his aw-shucks demeanor to Democrats across America.

He set a Senate fundraising record when he brought in $38 million in the third quarter – giving him a war chest presidential candidates would envy – but, more importantly, he’s breathed new life into the Democratic Party in Texas, a state they have long hoped to turn blue thanks to its rising Latino population.

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