National spotlight on El Paso for Election Day
EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14) —
Tuesday could take the Lone Star State in a new direction or reaffirm Texas politics. As a result, there is a national spotlight on the Borderland.
El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke is expected to cast his vote in Central El Paso alongside his wife, Amy O’Rourke, at 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Congressman O’Rourke is attempting to unseat Senator Ted Cruz and be the first Texas Democrat to win a U.S. Senate seat in 30 years.
On the contrary, Adolpho Telles, the chairman for the Republican Party of El Paso, tells KFOX14, “I fully expect that Senator Cruz is going to win.”
Since El Paso is O’Rourke’s hometown, Telles says O’Rourke will certainly come out ahead in El Paso County but anticipates surprises.
“I think there will be some surprises because I think the number of Republican votes that will come out of this county, or I should say for Ted Cruz, I think will be higher than what is normally expected,” Telles says.
O’Rourke remained confident in both the Borderland and Texas.
“El Pasoans have turned out at three and a half times what they did in the last midterm election,” he said. “If that continues tomorrow, we win.”
O’Rourke told attendees that party affiliation, religion, or background doesn’t matter. “All that matters,” O’Rourke said “is that we are together.”
O’Rourke continued, “We can pull this divided country together and Texas can lead the way.”
O’Rourke told attendees “It doesn’t matter the issue—being there for our veterans, re-writing our immigration policy in our own image, making sure that we are there for school teachers, going from dead last in the country in the ability to see a doctor, to leading the conversation on universal healthcare. Texas can lead the way and I want to be part of that.”
Telles says he believes Cruz is the better option, though, telling KFOX14, “He was elected six years ago and during his, almost, six years, you look at his record and you’ll see that he’s accomplished a lot.”
Telles concluded “What we need is people that are going to accomplish things and not just talk about it.