Beto O'Rourke may run for president. But Chuck Schumer is encouraging the former Texas congressman to run for the Senate against John Cornyn, who is up for reelection in 2020.
Privately, those close to O’Rourke offer nothing further than that. Among his fans was President Barack Obama, who praised O’Rourke for his authenticity. Those close to O’Rourke say they believe he would prefer to run the same kind of campaign for the White House.
The controversy over Elizabeth Warren’s Native American ancestry has largely overshadowed the senator’s compelling personal story as a child of Depression-era parents who rose from humble Oklahoma beginnings to become a celebrated Harvard academic, senator and now presidential candidate.
After a galvanizing Senate race that fell just short, the Texas Democrat is spending time with his family and weighing his options — including another Senate run, or the presidential campaign his fans are urging.
JACKSON, Miss .— In the last major race of the midterm campaign, Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith claimed victory in Mississippi’s closely watched Senate runoff election, defeating Democrat Mike Espy after a tense campaign rocked by unsettling reminders of the state’s dark legacy of racism. Hyde-Smith, a former state senator and state Agriculture secretary, was appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant last spring to fill the seat vacated by ailing Sen. Thad Cochran.
Mississippi’s runoff election for U.S. Senate wound its way to a finish Tuesday after dueling election-eve rallies urged voter turnout in a race that went from safely Republican to too close to call.
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s reelection campaign against Democrat Mike Espy is shadowed by the state’s history of racism and her own past. As Donald Trump prepares to fly out to campaign for her, the race is closer than expected.
Democrat Kendra Horn pulled off an upset win in a heavily Republican congressional district in the deep-red state of Oklahoma. Here's how she did it.
Beto O’Rourke marked the end of his bid to unseat Ted Cruz in Texas’s Senate race just as he began it — by clicking on his Facebook Live stream and walking through the crowd of thousands of adoring supporters.
Beto O’Rourke’s candidacy dramatically shifted a race where Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had been an easy bet for re-election, but his unorthodox campaign was not enough to unseat the tea party incumbent.
In Tennessee, conservative Marsha Blackburn defeated a popular Democrat, former Gov. Phil Bredesen, to replace moderate Republican Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.
When Beto O’Rourke announced his long-shot bid to unseat Texas Sen. Ted Cruz well over a year ago, no one would have predicted the race would emerge as one of the most closely watched elections in the country.But with Election Day now in sight, polls suggest Cruz, the one-term junior senator who hails from Houston, is locked in a dead heat with O’Rourke, a little-known congressman from El Paso whose unlikely bid to be the first Democrat elected statewide in Texas since 1994 has been fueled by massive crowds, intense national media attention and record-breaking fundraising.In theory, the race is still Cruz’s to lose. Texas is a deeply red state that has moved further and further to the right since George W. Bush defeated Ann Richards, the sitting Democratic governor, in a stunning upset that put Republicans firmly in control of the Lone Star State 24 years ago.But what has given O’Rourke an opening in 2018 isn’t just the changing demographics of the state — including the growing number of Latinos (who are expected to outnumber whites in the state by 2020) or even the influx of residents from states such as California and New York — who, moving to Texas for affordable homes and good jobs, have introduced more liberal views into the voting electorate.O’Rourke introduced his candidacy at a moment when Texas has become a microcosm of the political tensions that have divided the rest of the country; among them are the battle over the border, the disconnect between urban and rural voters, and the sense of many people that politics has been reduced to unending partisan combat driven by extreme ideology that is not reflective of the voting electorate. O’Rourke has sought to win over Republicans who are angry about the direction of the country, and to activate people he describes as “nonvoters” in a state where many eligible voters do not turn out to the polls.In a place where most statewide elections are battled out and decided in the big cities, O’Rourke has fought to expand the map — making a point of visiting all of Texas’s 254 counties, including deeply rural towns where residents rarely met politicians who weren’t local and often didn’t vote in state races. That was not an easy undertaking in the second-largest state in the country, where it can take more than 11 hours to drive from one end to the other.In recent months, as the race tightened, Cruz followed — traveling through towns like Longview, Amarillo and Wichita Falls, seeking to shore up his base in strongly Republican areas where O’Rourke has attracted large crowds. The senator, who was elected in 2012 as part of the so-called Tea Party revolution, sought to win back Republicans, some of whom were angered that he began seeking the 2016 presidential nomination almost as soon as he was elected.In a race where there are stark contrasts on issues such as immigration and health care, Cruz and O’Rourke agree on one thing: The election, both have said, is a battle for Texas’s future.Photography by Holly Bailey/Yahoo News_____See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke has mounted one of the most ambitious voter-outreach efforts in the state’s history, sending volunteers to knock on doors in every single county. Ted Cruz has outsourced his ground game to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Tuesday will show who had the better strategy.
Beto O’Rourke, campaigning along the Texas border as President Trump warned of a migrant invasion, said: “This desire to stir paranoia and fear … is a political ploy five days away from the deciding election of our lifetimes.”
A super-PAC funded by Sen. Ted Cruz's supporters has released a new attack ad against his opponent, Beto O’Rourke, charging that he is “cheering on” the caravan of Central American migrants heading toward the U.S.
A week before Election Day, immigration appears to be emerging as a flashpoint in Tennessee’s closely watched Senate race.
A Quinnipiac Poll found Cruz ahead by just 5 points, with 3 percent of likely voters undecided and 2 percent saying they could still change their minds.
Seeking reelection as a Democrat in a firmly red state, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota has sought to rise above the nation’s hardened political partisanship, campaigning as a “true common-sense independent,” but she faces an uphill battle.
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is in the “toughest fight” of her life, stumping for reelection in places where Donald Trump won two years ago and where the two-term Democrat has never come close to winning.
In a move that would have seemed unthinkable two years ago, President Trump offered a full embrace, literally and figuratively, of Ted Cruz in a massive rally here Monday night, imploring a crowd of tens of thousands of supporters to turn out for his former political rival in a closely watched Senate race in Texas.
The three-term congressman’s campaign has him attending eight scheduled “pop-up rallies,” as O’Rourke refers to them, in and around Houston on a single day.
The president’s visit is also likely to invoke memories of the bitter 2016 primary fight between Cruz and Trump, one of the ugliest campaigns in recent memory.