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Support Beto O’Rourke, Who Is Challenging Ted Cruz for His Texas Senate Seat in 2018

Support Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who will challenge Republican Ted Cruz for his Texas senate seat in 2018.


Texas Democrats have long pined to turn the state blue. There’s no question that Republican Senator Ted Cruz is vulnerable. His poll numbers are low and his fellow senators don’t like him. In his recent book, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken likens Cruz to the ‘Dwight Schrute of the Senate.’ For those who didn’t watch the American version of The Office, that means Cruz is goddamn insufferable as a co-worker.


O’Rourke won his March 2018 primary with no trouble, but he’ll have a tougher road from here on in. Cruz won his Senate seat in 2012 with more than 56 percent of the vote (the Democratic candidate got a bit more than 40 percent). He’s hated, but he has incumbency in his favor. And Texas is still more red than purple. But every legislative seat deserves a Democratic challenger, and O’Rourke has accepted.


O’Rourke is a fourth-generation Texan who speaks fluent Spanish. He believes that health care is a right, not a privilege. He supports public schools and caring for veterans. He wants to end big-money donations and gerrymandering. He prefers term limits. He wants to give immigrants a clear path to earning American citizenship.



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