Beto O'Rourke Thanks His Fans After Fierce Senate Race In Texas

Beto O'Rourke Thanks His Fans After Fierce Senate Race In Texas

Beto O'Rourke Thanks His Fans After Fierce Senate Race In Texas

O'Rourke lost a closely watched race to Sen. All people, all the time in every single part of Texas, all of you, showing the country how you do this.

Democrats across the country had high hopes for O'Rourke, a media darling who drew comparisons to Robert Kennedy and Obama, and whose candidacy put his name on short lists for 2020 Democratic presidential nominees.

All told, he raised a whopping amount - more than US$70 million.

But will it be enough to upset - or even stay close to - incumbent Republican Ted Cruz in a state as deeply conservative as Texas?

That's despite Cruz being one of the fiercest supporters of the president and the policies of the Republican-controlled Congress since then, despite getting to the Senate in 2012 as a tea party insurgent intent on enraging establishment leaders from both parties. Early on in his term, he led the Republican effort to shut down the government in 2013, in a move to defund the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. In turn, Cruz garnered praise from President Trump, who referred to his former political rival as "Beautiful Ted" in the days ahead of the vote.

Cruz, 47, made no secret about wanting to run for president again once Trump leaves office.

MSNBC, which didn't censor O'Rourke's comment, later apologized.

O'Rourke shot down similar suggestions Monday on the campaign trail and pledged not to run for president. The state has historically had some of the lowest voter participation in the nation, and his campaign focused on getting a large swath of those non-voters - namely young people of color - to vote.

Cruz held off the Democratic rising star to win re-election.

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