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Ted “Cruzes” to victory over challenger Beto O’Rourke

Ted “Cruzes” to victory over challenger Beto O’Rourke

Ted “Cruzes” to victory over challenger Beto O’Rourke
November 07
02:07 2018

After a closely-watched midterm race, Republican incumbent Ted Cruz will retain his position as U.S. Senator for the state of Texas. Cruz received a total of 4,087,269 votes or 51.41 percent. Cruz defeated his Democratic opponent U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke by 288,025 votes. O’Rourke received 47.81 percent of the vote or 3,800,411 votes.

Libertarian candidate Neal M. Dikeman finished the election season with 60,128 votes which was about 0.77 of 1 percent.

“Tonight is a victory for this country,” Cruz said during his acceptance speech. “Tonight is a victory for the people in this room and all the men and women across this state that poured your hearts, your passion, your time, your energy to rising to defend Texas.”

Cruz said Texas saw something they have not seen before in this election.

“This election wasn’t about me and it wasn’t about Beto O’Rourke. This election was a battle of ideas. It was a contest for who we are and what we believe. It was a contest and the people of Texas decided this race.”

Cruz said what he found was “truly amazing” at his campaign events was the reaction to his question, “How many of are former democrats?” He would “see hands throughout the room  Texas came together behind a common sense agenda of low taxes low regulations and lots and lots of jobs.”

Cruz added values such as “securing the border and keeping [Texas] communities safe and defending the Constitution and the Bill of Rights” to his agenda.

“I want to take a moment to congratulate Beto O’Rourke,” Cruz said. “He’s poured his heart into this campaign. He worked tirelessly — he’s a dad and he took time away from his kids. I want to also say millions across this state were inspired by his campaign. They didn’t prevail and I am grateful that the people of Texas chose a different path. But let me say to those who worked on his campaign — all of those who were inspired — that I am your Senator as well. My responsibility is to represent every Texan.”

During his campaign, O’Rourke visited all 254 counties in Texas and visited Denton County a total of six times. Cruz made his first and only visit to Denton County two days ago with a rally in Bartonville.

Cruz’s campaign reportedly raised $40,118,702 and spent $33,896,025, while candidate O’Rourke’s campaign raised $69,099,704 and spent $59,162,350 of these funds. Both races remained well-mannered and tied to the issues for the most part, although there were a few bumps on the campaign trail.

In early September, the New York Times reported concerns from surrounding a fund-raising letter mailed to Texas residents designed to appear as a court summons. The package was marked “Ted Cruz for Senate 2018” in the upper left-hand corner, although in a smaller font than the bold “SUMMONS ENCLOSED — OPEN IMMEDIATELY.”

Austin data scientist Sean Owen said in a tweet that he received the package for his 88-year-old grandma.

“Says it’s a summons from Travis County, but is actually asking for money for @tedcruz,” Owen said.

In a different vein, O’Rourke came under public scrutiny when records of his two arrests resurfaced, one for hopping a fence at a local university and the other for driving while intoxicated. O’Rourke recounted the incidents on multiple occasions and denounced his actions.

“Twenty-three years ago I was arrested for attempted forcible entry after jumping a fence at the University of Texas at El Paso,” O’Rourke said in an op-ed published in the Houston Chronicle. “I spent a night in the El Paso County Jail, was able to make bail the next day and was released. Three years later, I was arrested for drunk driving — a far more serious mistake for which there is no excuse.”

After the race was called, O’Rourke addressed the public in his hometown of El Paso.

“I am as inspired, I’m as hopeful as I’ve ever been in my life,” O’Rourke said to a crowd at his concession speech. “Tonight’s loss has done nothing to diminish how I feel about Texas or this country. Getting to be with and to see all of you tonight reminds me why we set out to do this in the first place. We’re not about being against anybody, not about being against another political party. We’re not gonna define ourselves by who or what we’re against or afraid of or scared of.”

Featured Image: Senator Cruz discussed his debates with challenger Beto O’Rourke at the rally on Sunday in Bartonville. Jordan Collard

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