In the hotly contested Senate race in Texas between incumbent Ted Cruz (R) and Beto O’Rourke (D), O’Rourke has just garnered his third major Texas newspaper endorsement over Cruz. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which has previously endorsed much more conservative candidates such as George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, just joined the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News in endorsing Democrat O’Rourke, saying Cruz “does not measure up”, “only O’Rourke seems interested in making deals or finding middle ground”, and that prior to Cruz winning his previous Senate bid, Cruz had “no experience in any council or legislature, and it shows”, according to The Hill.
In endorsing Beto O’Rourke, currently a U.S. Representative from Texas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram contrasted incumbent Cruz’s seeming unwillingness or perhaps inability to make deals to benefit Texas with O’Rourke’s interest in finding ways to compromise in order to get things done. The newspaper also said that O’Rourke would be more likely to work to counter President Trump’s trade agenda, including his tariffs, which the newspaper believes threaten the economy of Texas. According to The Hill:
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the leading newspaper in the third-largest county in Texas, on Friday endorsed Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) in his Senate race against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R). “U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz represent the hard left and right of American politics,” the editorial board wrote. “Neither stands in the middle ground, where the real work is done to lead America.” “But only O’Rourke seems interested in making deals or finding middle ground. That is why the El Paso Democrat would make the best senator for Tarrant County’s future, and the future of Texas,” the editorial board continued…Though the newspaper pointed out that Cruz and O’Rourke both support free trade, the editorial board claims the Texas Democrat would have “more room to oppose the president’s questionable trade and tariff decisions, which threaten Texas.”…“This office needs a reset,” the editorial concluded.
Texas has elected a lot of Republicans; currently both of its U.S. Senators are Republicans, 25 of its 36 U.S. Representatives are Republicans, and Texas has a Republican governor. So it says a lot that three major Texas newspapers would support Democrat Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram spoke volumes when it said of this senate seat now held by Cruz, “This office needs a reset” (The Hill).
Polls are showing that the race between O’Rourke and Cruz is very close at this point. The tightness of the race has led to an odd truce between Cruz and President Trump, who even came to Texas to campaign for Cruz at a rally. The true test will be on election day, when the factor of vote turnout is likely to figure prominently, as is the case in many races across the country. Everyone eligible to vote should do so – it’s a change to make your voice heard.