El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke Loses Texas Senate Seat
Beto O'Rourke has been a Congressman since 2012. He beat longtime Congressman, Silvestre Reyes, and quickly made a name for himself in the nation's capitol. He was named one of the sexiest members of Congress, and he also went on an epic road trip with a Republican colleague after their flights were cancelled. They livestreamed their 24-hour road trip from San Antonio to Washington, D.C., ate Whataburger, and talked about politics, family, and how to best serve their constituents along the way. Thousands of people watched the road trip and suddenly, Beto was in the national spotlight.
Rumors about his next political move began when he went on a listening tour around the state in early 2017, then in March, he announced that he was going to run for Ted Cruz's senate seat. Even though he had made a name for himself nationally, he was not considered a serious candidate, to say the least.
Beto set out on another epic road trip, this time to all 254 counties in Texas. The thing that most people were surprised about was how he refused to tailor his message to the crowd he was speaking to. Whether he was in a Democratic or Republican county, Beto outlined his platform - immigrant rights, Dreamer's rights, legalization of marijuana, pro-choice, healthcare for all. The more he traveled around, the more his message caught fire.
It all came to a conclusion tonight as the numbers were announced. Beto O'Rourke lost to Ted Cruz. The crowd at Southwest University ballpark was subdued as the numbers were announced, but the general vibe is that Beto will do bigger and better things. For now, has said that he will come back to El Paso to continue raising his three adorable kids and spending time with his wife, Amy.
Beto may not have won, but he ran a hell of a race, and we're proud of him!