Meet Beto O'Rourke, The Senate Candidate Who Hopes To Turn Texas Blue
By: Anna Gibson
Midterm elections are steaming up the political climate with 10 seats up for grabs in the Senate, republicans and democrats alike are battling to have the majority spot. Republicans are currently leading the Senate with a 51-49 majority and the open seats are all states that Donald Trump won in the 2016 election. Democrats would need a near perfect win to take the majority.
One race that has caught the attention of many is happening down in the enduring red state of Texas that faces a possible change in leadership with the rise of Democrat Beto O’Rourke.
Over the past 15 months, Beto has visited every single county in Texas, that's 254 counties, to be exact. He recently shattered the record in third quarter fundraising hitting $38.1 million which is the most money ever raised in a Senate race.
"The people of Texas in all 254 counties are proving that when we reject PACs and come together not as Republicans or Democrats but as Texans and Americans, there’s no stopping us," Beto said in a statement.
So what’s he all about? Let’s take a look at the issues he’s concerned with:
● Ensuring jobs are available for Texans
● Accessible health care, especially for women
● Immigrants are viewed as a “critical source of strength and security in our communities”
● Creating laws to lessen gun violence
● Increasing scholarships and Loans to allow more Texans affordable education
These are just a few short blurbs of what Beto is all about. To take a further dive into his policies, read here where the bolded headline reads: “We should all have a chance to succeed”
Just how difficult is the win for this seat? The last Democrat to hold a senate seat in Texas was Bob Krueger in 1996 under the Governor at the time, Ann Richards, a fellow democrat. In polls provided by Real Clear Politics, Cruz is leading with an average of 7 points. With such close numbers, this will undoubtedly be a race based on voter turnout.