The U.S. Senate race in Texas may have been called by analysts as early as 9:30 p.m., but Democratic nominee Beto O'Rourke took to the stage later in the night to give his concession speech.
In his hometown of El Paso, O'Rourke appeared in front of supporters to address his narrow loss to Sen. Ted Cruz, who has secured a second term. O'Rourke proved to be a tough challenge for the incumbent senator, who prior to O'Rourke's campaign was expected to have a landslide win.
Though polls show O'Rourke trailing Cruz by a mere three points as of press time, the congressman gave an impassioned concession speech that already has the internet abuzz with talk of a 2020 presidential run for the charming Texan. In his speech, O'Rourke promised to work with "anyone, anytime, anywhere" to continue to support Texans.
He also said that he had already called Cruz to congratulate him. He said he would work with the senator to "bring us back together," and urged his supporters to do the same.
"We are a great people. Ambitious. Defined by our aspirations," he said. "Every single one of us, Republican, Democrats, Independents, from the biggest of cities, to the smallest of towns, the people of Texas want to do and will do the great work of this country."
O'Rourke remained positive following his loss, saying he is "as hopeful as I've ever been in my life." He praised supporters for their initiative to help turn Texas purple.
"Tonight's loss does nothing to diminish the way I feel about Texas and this country," O'Rourke told supporters. "I'm so fucking proud of you guys."
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