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‘Beto 2020’ Buzz Builds Immediately After O’Rourke’s Senate Defeat

HOUSTON, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 05: Louise Pennebaker dresses as a cheerleader for U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) during a campaign rally at the House of Blues on November 05, 2018 in Houston, Texas. With less than 24 hours until Election Day, polls have shown the gap narrow between …
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) fended off Democrat challenger Robert Francis O’Rourke to win re-election in a high-profile Senate race Tuesday, but establishment media pundits, Hollywood celebrities, and liberal activists did not lose hope — they have now moved on to dreams of “Beto 2020.”

Cruz finished a surprising second in the 2016 Republican presidential primary and began the Senate race as a prohibitive favorite. However, O’Rourke visited fiercely conservative parts of the state that his party had long since given up on, while shattering fundraising records despite shunning donations from outside political groups and pollster advice. Cruz argued that his opponent’s support for gun control and universal health care were too liberal for the Lone Star State.

O’Rourke shot down similar suggestions Monday on the campaign trail and pledged not to run for president.

Below is a round-up of Beto 2020 buzz via Twitter, which including actress Alyssa Milano, NBC’s John Harwood, and CNN political analyst Chris Cillizza:

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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