The Dems went all-in on a Texas special election. They called it a “bellwether” election – meaning it would set the tone for 2020 and help turn Texas blue. All the big-name Democrats jumped in to help candidate Eliz Markowitz win.
The tone has been set for 2020!
GOP victory in "bellweather" #HD28 by… *16 points*
Anyone in the media care to report? pic.twitter.com/jswvSu1Kwf
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizRNC) January 29, 2020
This was the election, they said, that would set the tone for the country. The #Resistance was going to storm the GOP Texas castle in the suburbs and begin their blue takeover of the red state.
Leading the charge was failed 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who vowed a Democrat win.
As a matter of fact, the election became more about him than it did the actual candidate running, making clear it was doomed to fail from its conception.
The first critical election of 2020 is happening now in Fort Bend, TX. Victory for Eliz Markowitz means we can win the state house and build the team to defeat Trump in Texas. Join us to knock on doors this last weekend before Election Day. https://t.co/jRr8swVw1S
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) January 24, 2020
Beto poured everything he had into this election.
Second shift of the day!! Already thousands of doors knocked, with lots of new commitments to vote on TUESDAY for @ElizMarkowitz ! Thanks for everyone who came out so far today. Open invite for anyone who wants to join us tomorrow. https://t.co/55ftdvlzbS#poweredxpeople pic.twitter.com/E7zMPIV84p
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) January 25, 2020
In the end the Democrats not only lost, they were crushed!
Democrats suffered a humiliating 16-point loss in the Houston suburb, more than double the deficit from the previous election where Republicans won by eight points.
I guess the “tone” has been set.
Will the national media be promoting the fact that in 2018 this was a +8 Republican win and yesterday it finished +16 for Republicans? https://t.co/uNTrpcbwJk
— Kelly Hancock (@KHancock4TX) January 29, 2020
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Democrats had hoped to deliver a message that Texas is in play in the presidential election, thanks to its rapidly changing suburbs. President Trump won the suburban Fort Bend district by 10 points, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R) won there in 2018 by just 3 points. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) and several presidential candidates campaigned with Markowitz.
“Today, voters resoundingly rejected the Democrats’ socialist ideology and took a major step toward keeping Texas red. As we look ahead to the 2020 election, we must be prepared to replicate this success across the state if we are to secure a more prosperous future for Texas,” Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said in a statement.
Democrats privately admitted that the election became more about O’Rourke, who ended his presidential bid in November, than about Markowitz or Gates. O’Rourke’s presence was ubiquitous, pushing Republican voters to the polls. [The Hill]
I don’t know how much more clear Americans need to be, Beto O’Rourke is not adored by the populous. Sure, he earned national attention in his bid against Senator Ted Cruz, but that is only because Cruz is seen as a polarizing figure by the mainstream media, much like President Trump.
This piece originally appeared on WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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