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‘You can win this!': how Beto O'Rourke is becoming Joe Biden's greatest ally

Added 09-23-20 09:09:02am EST - “The El Paso politician is on a mission to take back Texas for the Democrats, urging Biden’s team to court the state’s many undecided voters” - Theguardian.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theguardian.com: “‘You can win this!’: how Beto O'Rourke is becoming Joe Biden’s greatest ally”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The El Paso politician is on a mission to take back Texas for the Democrats, urging Biden’s team to court the state’s many undecided voters

Beto O’Rourke has a plan for America, and it starts in Texas. The Democrat from El Paso, who became a global superstar with his insurgent 2018 bid to oust Ted Cruz from the US senate then went on to contest the Democratic presidential nomination, is back where he says he likes it most – trying to move mountains in the Lone Star state.

With less than a month to go before early voting opens in Texas, with its giant crop of 38 electoral college votes in play, O’Rourke has a message for his one-time Democratic presidential rival. “We can see what’s happening in Texas and are screaming at Joe Biden from the roof tops. ‘Hey, over here! You can win this!’”

O’Rourke points to FiveThirtyEight’s poll tracker that has Donald Trump just one point ahead of Biden in Texas – an astonishingly close call for a state that has voted solidly for Republican presidential candidates since Jimmy Carter in 1976. He points to the state’s rapidly diversifying population that turned minority majority in 2005 and has seen 2m more new voters registered even since his paper-thin defeat to Cruz two years ago.

Winning Texas is the definitive answer to any dirty tricks Trump might be tempted to try were he to lose the election on 3 November, O’Rourke contends. “If Texas comes in for a Democrat for the first time in almost half a century the shock will be seismic. Trump may or may not accept those results, but the rest of the country absolutely will. It will forever reorder what’s possible.”

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