Sen. Cruz, Democratic challenger O'Rourke secure party nominations in Texas primary

Angelo Anderson
March 9, 2018

Ted Cruz Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke is running to unseat Republican Senator Ted Cruz in Texas.

Cathie Adams is a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. But as pointed out by Chris Cuomo, Cruz himself goes by Ted although his name is actually Rafael. Ted Cruz took aim on his Democratic challenger in November, Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

The media started grumbling about this last night when he rolled out his new ad, pointedly using Democrat Beto O'Rourke's given name in his tweet about it.

Cruz argued in an interview on "New Day" earlier Wednesday that O'Rourke can not win in Texas with his pro-gun control stances. "I am the son of my father Raphael Cruz, an immigrant from Cuba who came to Texas with nothing".

Mark Jones, a Rice University political scientist, said one implied motive might be to remind Texas voters that O'Rourke isn't of Latino descent.

Cruz, speaking to radio host Hugh Hewitt, was discussing the early vote totals ahead of Texas' March 6 primary, which showed Democrats held a 45,000-vote lead in the early vote in the state's 15 largest counties. Despite having fundraising success and drawing national attention, O'Rourke enters the general election against Cruz as a heavy underdog.

But retired postal worker Edward Kimbrough, who raised just $785 in his race, according to federal filings, still won 14 percent of Democratic support.

While O'Rourke is of Irish descent, he speaks Spanish and represents a majority Latino district in El Paso, a far West Texas city that borders Mexico.

O'Rourke has said in prior interviews that Cruz is tainted because he has received contributions from the NRA.

"This is the first test passed with flying colors", he said.

Reiterating that his "number one priority is jobs, jobs, jobs because that's what Texans care about", Cruz also spoke of how the current administration has galvanized Democrats.

With a quick photo response that leaned more cute than cutting, Mr. O'Rourke may be able to defuse any lasting effect of Mr. Cruz's approach.

"I've got to face my kids and my conscience and do the right thing when we have the opportunity to do the right thing", O'Rourke said. "We can get into name calling or talk about why the other person's such an bad guy, or we can focus on the big things we want to do for the future of our country".

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