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Daily Kos to Send O’Rourke Money

O’Rourke brushed off implications of his two-thirds showing in the primary.

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Kimberly Railey
March 8, 2018, 9:59 a.m.

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-16) “will receive his share of the over $225,000 from over 87,000 individual, low-dollar grassroots donations the Daily Kos community has raised.” Some of the pool will also be directed to TX-07, TX- 23, and TX-32. (release)

PRIMARY RECAP. On Tuesday, O’Rourke “won just 62 percent of the Democratic vote, while one of his lesser known challengers — Houston progressive Sema Hernandez — not only garnered nearly a quarter of the vote share, but captured dozens of border counties.” The next day, O’Rourke “shrugged off the potential implications of his two-thirds showing, saying it’s a stepping stone in a ‘24-month campaign strategy’ and reflects the realities of competing in a sprawling state with 254 counties.”

“[Sen. Ted] Cruz (R) — who sailed to victory with 85 percent of the vote — took to Twitter on Wednesday to point out the stark differences between his support and O’Rourke’s. Despite Democrats setting records in early voting, far more Republican voters came to the polls, with 1.3 million of them voting for Cruz, compared to 641,000 Democrats who cast ballots for O’Rourke.” (Dallas Morning News)

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