Lloyd Bentsen was the last Democrat to be elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas — and that was in 1988. After nearly three decades under Republican rule, a blue wave is encroaching upon the state of Texas, a wave that may well begin in the Senate.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic Senate candidate from El Paso, has out-fundraised Ted Cruz, the first-term Republican senator and former presidential candidate — again. From the start of the year to mid-February, O’Rourke raised $2.3 million for his campaign. In the same span, Cruz raised merely $800,000, as CNN reports. This is a continuing trend for O’Rourke: towards the end of 2017, O’Rourke was in the news cycle for outraising Cruz by $2.4 million to $1.8 million. O’Rourke’s fundraising numbers reflect the momentum and enthusiasm surrounding his campaign.
The overwhelmingly strong fundraising numbers are but one reason that CNN has moved Texas from the “Solid Republican” to the “Likely Republican” column.
Rep. O’Rourke, 45, serves on the House Committees for Armed Services and Veterans Affairs as a U.S. Representative for Texas’s 16th congressional district. His main issues of concern include improving access to quality health care, investing in infrastructure to create jobs and giving low-income Americans access to reproductive health services. O’Rourke recently introduced the “No PAC Act,” a bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 which would prohibit Congressional candidates from “accepting contributions from any political committee other than an authorized committee of the candidate and from establishing a leadership PAC [Political Action Committee].”
O’Rourke told CBS News’ Elaine Quijano in an interview on “Red & Blue” that he is feeling good about the Senate race.