Friday, August 3, 2018

The 2018 Texas Senate Race - Charismatic Democrat Beto O' Rourke Challenges Ted Cruz in Latest Polls


Democrat Beto O'Rourke - The Next Senator From Texas?

Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke, the Congressman from Texas 16th Congressional District (El Paso), is the Democratic nominee for Senate against Republican Senator Ted Cruz in the November 6 national election. 

O'Rourke has been moving up in the polls and is now 6 points and 2 points behind the well known Cruz in two recent surverys. These poll numbers are surprising, since O'Rourke has limited name recognition behind his own district in far west Texas. Ted Cruz, Texas's Senator since 2013, has wide name recognition in Texas and nationally as a Presidential Candidate and right-wing opponent throughout the Republican Primaries against Trump in 2016.

O'Rourke speaks fluent Spanish (by all accounts better than Mr. Cruz who has Cuban ancestry), and has staked out very progressive positions on social issues for cannabis legalization, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ equality which show that deep red Texas may be returning to its moderate Democratic Party electoral traditions.  

O'Rourke is charismatic and looks good in cowboy boots. In addition, he can raise a ton of money nationally. This race, and Florida's,  where incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson is defending his seat against Republican Governor Rick Scott, are the two battlegrounds which will command national attention this fall. 

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