Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke leads rally against wall

Former Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, a potential Trump rival in 2020, held a rally in El Paso, Texas at the same time as President Trump to argue against building a border wall. (Feb. 12)

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Trump slams O’Rourke at El Paso Rally

President Donald Trump is boasting about the size of the crowd attending his rally in El Paso, Texas, versus that for former Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke. (Feb. 11)

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Beto O’Rourke shares stage with Oprah

Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke broke months of near-silence about his political future on Tuesday during a taping of a show with Oprah Winfree in New York. (Feb. 5)

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Houston Elected 19 Black Women And At Least One Socialist Judge (HBO)

HOUSTON, Texas — The Democrats’ blue wave didn’t quite capture the great state of Texas. Beto O’Rourke lost a close race to Ted Cruz. Greg Abbott easily defeated a challenger for a second term as governor.

But further down the ballot, especially in the big cities, blue was the only color.

Nowhere was that more true than in Houston, where a combination of Beto-fever and Texas’s straight-ticket-voting option, meant that every single Republican judge on the Harris County bench lost their seats to Democrats — 59 new judges, all told, including more than a dozen black women, and at least one democratic socialist.​.

The wipeout could mean a wholesale transformation of the judiciary in Houston, a city with one of the highest incarceration rates in the nation, a crisis over bail reform for indigent defendants, and a historic penchant for the death penalty.

“For 19 black women and a socialist to be elected judge in Houston, which is the epicenter of mass incarceration, is not a small deal,” said Jay Jenkins, an attorney with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. “The possibility that we could fix some of the issues that the sitting judges have just proved unwilling or unable to fix is on the horizon.”

But a clean slate election also meant some tough losses. Marc Carter has been a criminal court judge in Houston for 15 years, and one of the court’s most highly regarded jurists — from attorneys on both sides of the aisle. In 2009, he helped set up Texas’s first veterans court, which funnels veterans into treatment programs rather than jail for certain infractions.

He lost to a candidate who never set up a campaign website.

“I’m not going to pretend like I didn’t know what the rules are,” Carter told VICE News “The way you become a judge in Texas isn’t based on merit. It’s simply based on what party you’re affiliated with. And that’s it.”

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Ted Cruz re-elected to Senate in Texas in win for Republicans

Beto O’Rourke, a three-time democratic congressman Republican Ted Cruz won re-election to a second term in the Senate, beating off Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in one of America’s most expensive and closely watched midterm races.

Cruz fends off O’Rourke, wins Texas Senate race

(7 Nov 2018) Republican Senator Ted Cruz fended off rising-star Democrat Beto O’Rourke to win re-election in a much-watched Texas race that began as a cakewalk but needed a visit from President Donald Trump to help push the incumbent over the top. (Nov. 7)

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Cruz: Election ‘was a contest of who we are … what we believe’

“This election was a battle of ideas, it was a contest for who we are and what we believe. It was a contest and the people of Texas decided this race” says Republican Senator for Texas Ted Cruz after winning re-election to a second term in the Senate, beating off Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke. SOUNDBITE

US Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke votes in Texas

(6 Nov 2018) Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Democrat who hopes to unseat incumbent GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, arrived with his family to vote at his polling station in El Paso, Texas. (Nov. 6)

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Beto O’Rourke arrives at polling station to cast ballot

Beto O’Rourke arrives at polling station with family, poses for photos, ahead of casting his ballot in the US midterms. The Democratic congressman is trying to thwart Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s re-election. IMAGES

Cruz, O’Rourke in last-minute push for Texas votes

(6 Nov 2018) Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke campaigned on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections. Both candidates say they’re encouraged by strong early voting turnout statewide. (Nov. 6)

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