Vote tur­moil re­turns to Florida

The state learns to­day if re­counts will be held in races for U.S. Se­nate and gover­nor. The pro­ce­dures have changed since the bit­ter fight of the 2000 pres­i­den­tial race.

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation - By MATTHEW ADAMS Wash­ing­ton Bureau matthew.adams@dal­las­news.com Twit­ter: @Matthe­wadams60

WASH­ING­TON — Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O’rourke fought dur­ing the Se­nate race over who was more Texan. It turns out that na­tive Texan vot­ers think O’rourke is.

A CNN exit poll showed that O’rourke beat Cruz among na­tive Tex­ans, 51 per­cent to 48 per­cent. In con­trast, 57 per­cent of peo­ple who had moved to Texas said they voted for Cruz, com­pared to 42 per­cent who voted for O’rourke.

Cruz pre­vailed Tues­day night, beat­ing his op­po­nent by just 2.6 per­cent­age points. It’s the clos­est Se­nate race in Texas since 1978.

This midterm race caught ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion. O’rourke, a Demo­crat and na­tive of El Paso, chal­lenged the Repub­li­can in­cum­bent from Hous­ton who was com­ing off a pres­i­den­tial run. Cruz proudly calls Hous­ton home, even though ques­tions were raised when he ran for pres­i­dent about his fam­ily liv­ing in Canada for the first five years of his life.

While law­mak­ers in Texas have talked about the wave of Cal­i­for­ni­ans mov­ing to Texas and want­ing to turn the state blue, data re­ported by the Texas Tri­bune in 2013 sug­gested th­ese peo­ple mov­ing to Texas aligned with con­ser­va­tive val­ues more than lib­eral val­ues.

O’rourke raised the most money ever for a Se­nate race with nearly $70 mil­lion. Af­ter O’rourke’s stance on the na­tional an­them protest, he gained sup­port from TV, movie and sports stars. Ellen De­Generes sup­ported it and in­vited the Demo­crat to ap­pear on her show.

Cruz made sure to point out the money O’rourke was re­ceiv­ing from “Hol­ly­wood lib­er­als.”

“Con­gress­man O’rourke is the No. 1 Demo­cratic fundraiser in the coun­try. And tens of mil­lions of dol­lars are flood­ing into Texas from lib­er­als across the coun­try,” Cruz said at an Oc­to­ber rally in Nacog­doches.

Even Gov. Greg Ab­bott got in on the punch­line at the Hous­ton rally with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Cruz.

“You got all th­ese Cal­i­for­ni­ans throw­ing money at Beto O’rourke try­ing to win a Se­nate race,” he said. “All of the gold that is pour­ing in from Cal­i­for­nia can­not buy Beto a U.S. Se­nate seat.”

Even with the de­feat, there was buzz on so­cial me­dia and in the Texas Demo­cratic Party with the pos­si­bil­ity of O’rourke run­ning for pres­i­dent in 2020.

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