- Title: Beto O'Rourke votes in Texas U.S. Senate race
- Date: 6th November 2018
- Summary: EL PASO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 6, 2018) (REUTERS) TEXAS DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATE BETO O'ROURKE ARRIVING WITH THIS FAMILY TO VOTE O'ROURKE POSING FOR PHOTO WITH HIS FAMILY O'ROURKE ENTERING POLLING CENTER O'ROURKE EXITING POLLING CENTER O'ROURKE CROSSING THE STREET WITH HIS FAMILY (SOUNDBITE) (English) TEXAS DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATE BETO O'ROURKE SAYING: "Texas is not going to be, it's not going to be defined by our fears. We are going to be governed by our ambitions. We are going to be fiercely focused on the future and we are going to do this together. We just do not care about the differences between us right now. We want all of us, Republicans and Democrats, Independents alike to come together and do something great for this country. That's what I've heard from the people of Texas over the last 22 months, that's what folks are voting for today and I think that is what it's going to represent." O'ROURKE SPEAKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) TEXAS DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATE BETO O'ROURKE SAYING: "We know that the border is not a threat. We know that it is an opportunity, whether you measure it in trade, or jobs, or economic growth. Or you look at the composition of our families and our communities. Or the fact that El Paso, Texas today is one of, if not the safest cities in the United States of America, not in spite of, but because of the fact that we are a city of immigrants and that we are connected to Ciudad Juarez. This is our source of strength and success and yes, I would argue also security. So, we in Texas know that and no one from outside is going to be able to stir enough paranoia or fear to change that." O'ROURKE SPEAKING TO MEDIA
- Embargoed: 20th November 2018 14:44
- Keywords: Beto O'Rourke Texas Ted Cruz Senate
- Location: EL PASO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES
- City: EL PASO, TEXAS, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00195DCE9Z
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- Story Text: Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke of Texas cast his vote on Tuesday (November 6), as he aims to oust Republican Ted Cruz to become the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in the deeply conservative state in three decades.
The 46-year-old former punk rocker and three-term congressman captured the national spotlight and smashed an 18-year-old fundraising record - raising $61.8 million during his campaign, almost twice his rival's $35.1 million - but significantly trailed Cruz in opinion polls for most of the year.
Their paths to Senate candidacy share a common root: O'Rourke declared his candidacy in an environment of rising liberal anger following Republican President Donald Trump's rise to power, while Cruz, 47, was first elected to the Senate in 2010 on a wave of Tea Party fury over Democratic then-President Barack Obama.
The Senate seat is seen as one of Democrats' few opportunities to pick up one of the two seats they need to gain to win a majority that would allow them to block Trump's agenda, most notably his ability to appoint more judges to lifetime positions on the Supreme Court.
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