Unofficial election results show O’Rourke winning Democratic bid for U.S. Senate seat
EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) —
El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke is expected to get the Democratic bid for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator Ted Cruz.
Tuesday’s statewide election is paving the way for a showdown between the three-term congressman and Cruz, who’s held the seat since 2012 and made an unsuccessful presidential run.
O’Rourke is currently holding more than 60 percent of the vote over two other Democratic candidates, Sema Hernandez and Edward Kimbrough.
O’Rourke is running a “grass-roots” campaign where he has refused to accept any PAC money. At the same time, he has vowed to visit every single county in the state.
Out of 254 counties across the state, O’Rourke has visited 226 of them.
“People are coming out and you hear all these amazing stories of no Senate candidate has come through in 20, 30, I think 70 years in one community,” said Amy O’Rourke, Beto’s wife. “(It) doesn't matter if people are Democrat, Republican, independent. I just think that they're very (pleased) somebody is coming in to listen to them.”
On Tuesday night, during an interview on MSNBC, O’Rourke spoke about his interests in making sure all Texans have access to a doctor, which was met by thunderous applause from the hometown crowd.
O’Rourke was in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night for House votes.
O’Rourke will face Cruz for the U.S. Senate seat in November. Cruz easily won the nomination with more than 80 percent of the vote.