Unofficial election results show O’Rourke winning Democratic bid for U.S. Senate seat

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El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke is expected to get the Democratic bid for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator Ted Cruz.

Tuesday’s statewide election is paving the way for a showdown between the three-term congressman and Cruz, who’s held the seat since 2012 and made an unsuccessful presidential run.

O’Rourke is currently holding more than 60 percent of the vote over two other Democratic candidates, Sema Hernandez and Edward Kimbrough.

O’Rourke is running a “grass-roots” campaign where he has refused to accept any PAC money. At the same time, he has vowed to visit every single county in the state.

Out of 254 counties across the state, O’Rourke has visited more than 220 of them.

“People are coming out and you hear all these amazing stories of no Senate candidate in years in years, in 20, 30, I think 70 years in place, having come through their community,” said Amy O’Rourke, Beto’s wife. “(It) doesn't matter if people are Democrats, Republicans, or independent. I just think that they're very (pleased) somebody is coming in to listen to them.”

On Tuesday night, during an interview on MSNBC, O’Rourke spoke about his interests in making sure all Texans have access to a doctor, which was met by thunderous applause from the hometown crowd.

O’Rourke was in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night for work at the House.

"I would say that pretty consistently healthcare is one of the top issues that comes up. You just hear some of these heartbreaking stories of people who have to make really tough decisions because they don't have access to healthcare," said Amy O'Rourke.

Looking ahead to November, O'Rourke told his supporters he can rest in January 2019 but that it is full steam ahead on the campaign trail until November.

"I've been quite shocked at his ability to keep going. The days are packed but it's incredibly energizing while you're out there," said Amy O'Rourke.

O'Rourke also told his supporters they were going to run the campaign "the right way" and focus on the issues important to Texans.

O’Rourke will face Cruz for the U.S. Senate seat in November. Cruz easily won the nomination with more than 80 percent of the vote.

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