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Beto O'Rourke

Professor Jim Henson, head of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas, tells Texas Public Radio's Ryan Poppe that despite Texas Democrats having not seen for decades the type of energy around Beto O’Rourke's campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, O'Rourke's chances are slim.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The Texas Senate race. Democrat Beto O’Rourke may be within striking distance of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. We’ll talk to Texans and Texas watchers about what the race means for the state and the country.


Ashley Lopez, senior reporter for KUT. (@AshLopezRadio)

Congressman Beto O’Rourke, the El Paso Democrat hoping to oust Sen. Ted Cruz in November, is not shying away from talking about race. And black voters are noticing.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll released last month, 97 percent of black voters surveyed said they favor O’Rourke.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Bob Daemmrich

The second televised debate in between U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke has been postponed. Political experts say the debate that was scheduled for Sunday was essential for the O’Rourke campaign.

The Texas Senate race wasn't supposed to be competitive this year. But thanks to an imaginative campaign, Beto O'Rourke has energized Democrats, drawing huge crowds and raising tens of millions of dollars in what was initially seen as a long-shot bid to defeat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.