After Alabama’s special election on the 12th of December in which Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore for the available Senate seat, Democrats across the country looked toward other deeply red states. More importantly, the seats they have up for grabs in the 2018 Midterms. One such major Senate seat is that of Ted Cruz in Texas. Cruz has been a Senator since 2013 and ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2016. Democrats in Texas have yearned for his seat for a long time, but this year they may have the opponent to unseat him.
The Democratic front-runner for Senator Cruz’s seat is Beto O’Rourke, a Congressman from El Paso, Texas. He was elected to Texas’s 16th district in 2013. Congressman O’Rourke serves on the Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Committees. He has introduced legislation such as the DREAMer Information Protection Act and Health Care Expansion Act of 2016. O’Rourke lists many vital issues on his campaign website. Among these are bringing jobs to Texas and ensuring higher education is affordable for all Texans.
Congressman O’Rourke’s campaign has been mainly grassroots based. He has refused to take any PAC money and, in emails sent to those who subscribe, asks only for $3 donations. The Congressman hosted 100 “Barbecue for Beto” rallies statewide on the 4th of November to raise money and connect with voters all throughout Texas. He has also held many “Run With Beto” meetings in order to talk with members of the communities he visits. O’Rourke is committed to campaigning across the state in order to garner the support he needs.
With the 2018 Midterms not far off, more and more Texans are leaning away from incumbent Ted Cruz and toward Beto O’Rourke. The following Congressman O’Rourke has gained is dedicated and their push for him to unseat Senator Cruz will surely only grow.