Express-News: O’Rourke exposed a blue spine across the middle of red Texas

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This article originally appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.

Beto O’Rourke exposed a blue spine in Texas politics that could remake the state’s congressional delegation and affect President Donald Trump’s re-election prospects in 2020.

By making a strong showing in the 21 counties along the Interstate 35 corridor from Laredo to the Oklahoma border, the U.S. Senate candidate from El Paso defied 30 years of political history in the Lone Star State. O’Rourke didn’t just become the first Democratic Senate candidate in Texas to win the majority of votes along the corridor since the 1980s. He pounded U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz along the route, flipping counties that had not voted for a Democrat for statewide office since Ann Richards first ran for governor in 1990. Even in the counties O’Rourke lost, his defeats were often much narrower than those of past Democratic candidates…

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