Cruz a win­ner, Beto no loser, in midterm elec­tion

Star-Telegram - - Opinion - BY THE STAR-TELE­GRAM ED­I­TO­RIAL BOARD

Ted Cruz stands for some­thing cher­ished by mil­lions. And Beto O’Rourke stands a lit­tle taller to­day, even in de­feat.

That’s the dual take­away from one of the great du­els in Tues­day’s midterms.

In win­ning re-elec­tion to the U.S. Se­nate from Texas, Cruz not only earned the votes of mil­lions of Tex­ans but re­al­ized the hopes of mil­lions of oth­ers around the coun­try who sup­port his con­sti­tu­tional con­ser­vatism.

We con­grat­u­late Sen. Cruz and urge all Tex­ans to pledge their sup­port to help the sen­a­tor ad­vo­cate for the state’s and the na­tion’s best in­ter­ests.

As for O’Rourke, news agency Reuters de­clared be­fore the polls even closed that the up­start Demo­crat was a win­ner re­gard­less of the out­come. And while the dec­la­ra­tion was met with de­ri­sion among some as a “par­tic­i­pa­tion tro­phy,” there’s no doubt that even in his failed bid Rep. O’Rourke grew in stature na­tion­ally while putting quite a scare into Repub­li­cans.

The na­tional me­dia tend to over-hype those la­beled as Kennedy-es­que can­di­dates such as O’Rourke, but the El Paso con­gress­man showed stay­ing power in this race and prom­ise for other runs.

The na­tional me­dia tend to over-hype those la­beled as Kennedy-es­que can­di­dates such as O’Rourke, but the El Paso con­gress­man showed stay­ing power in this race and prom­ise for other runs.

In the end, this was a riv­et­ing race with a sat­is­fy­ing con­clu­sion for Sen. Cruz, and not a wholly un­sat­is­fy­ing one for Rep. O’Rourke.

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