The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the main newspaper within the third-largest county in Texas, on Friday endorsed Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) in his Senate race in opposition to incumbent Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTech workers’ political donations overwhelmingly skew Democratic: report Election Countdown: Latest glimpse at fundraising highlights Dem edge | Cook moves Menendez race to toss up | Heated Missouri Senate debate | O’Rourke scrambling to win Latino voters | Bloomberg spending big for Dem candidates | DNC talks 2020 debates O’Rourke raises more than M in Texas Senate bid MORE (R).
“U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz signify the laborious left and proper of American politics,” the editorial board wrote. “Neither stands within the center floor, the place the actual work is completed to steer America.”
“However solely O’Rourke appears enthusiastic about making offers or discovering center floor. That’s the reason the El Paso Democrat would make the most effective senator for Tarrant County’s future, and the way forward for Texas,” the editorial board continued.
The Fort Price Star-Telegram famous that though O’Rourke’s “new manner” marketing campaign in opposition to politics-as-usual has captured consideration and cash, the paper added that a lot of what he says, notably about immigration and well being care, sounds “like what Texas enterprise conservatives used to say earlier than the emergence of New York Republican Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFour takeaways from Heitkamp and Cramer’s tense final Senate debate Obama takes jab at Trump: ‘Nobody in my administration got indicted’ Lawyer for mail bomb suspect’s family: ‘He found a father in Trump’ MORE.”
“U.S. Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSocial media is the machine gun of modern disinformation war Cruz jokes about locking up Beto O’Rourke in ‘double-occupancy cell’ with Clinton Manchin wrestles with progressive backlash in West Virginia MORE says we shouldn’t deport Dreamer college students over their mother and father’ errors. Former Gov. Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryNew Russian hacks raise alarms in US Trump switches out energy commission chairman Overnight Energy: Political appointee taking over as Interior IG | Change comes amid Zinke probe | White Houses shelves coal, nuke bailout plan | Top Dem warns coal export proposal hurts military MORE, now vitality secretary, has stated a border wall ‘doesn’t make sense,’” the editorial board wrote. “President George W. Bush endorsed a path to authorized standing for individuals who got here illegally however labored peacefully, supported the economic system and confirmed good character.”
“These are the identical Texas values that O’Rourke now defends,” the newspaper wrote.
Although the newspaper identified that Cruz and O’Rourke each assist free commerce, the editorial board claims the Texas Democrat would have “extra room to oppose the president’s questionable commerce and tariff choices, which threaten Texas.”
“This endorsement didn’t come with out some disagreement,” the editorial board continued. “Cruz is nearer to Texas’ and Tarrant County’s views on points associated to religion and values, and likewise on vitality coverage.”
The newspaper went on to say that Cruz was elected with “no expertise in any council or legislature, and it exhibits.”
“His intransigence prevents him from currying assist or negotiating offers to assist Texas,” the editorial states.
The Fort Price Star-Telegram beforehand endorsed conservative Republicans reminiscent of George W. Bush and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyEvangelical pastor on bus tour contrasts Trump quotes with the Bible The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Suspicious packages sent to Biden, DeNiro | Trump says media partly to blame for ‘anger’ | Mattis sending troops to border Dallas Morning News endorses Beto O’Rourke MORE for president, along with Sen. John Cornyn and former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
However, within the Texas newspaper’s personal phrases, Cruz “doesn’t measure up.”
“This workplace wants a reset,” the editorial concluded.
The Fort Price Star-Telegram’s endorsement of O’Rourke arrives on the heels of The Houston Chronicle’s endorsement of the Democrat earlier this month and Dallas Morning News’s endorsement on Thursday.
The RealClearPolitics polling average exhibits Cruz with an almost 7-point lead.
The nonpartisan Cook dinner Political Report charges the race a toss-up.