Beto O’Rourke’s insurgent run for the Senate seat in deeply conservative Texas didn’t end well despite the millions of dollars that the El Paso Democrat raked in from out-of-state.
The 46-year-old congressman had previously been an obscure official before destiny came knocking along with the party’s desire for a signature win that would be a symbol that the resistance against President Trump.
But incumbent GOP Sen. Ted Cruz ultimately prevailed. But, because of millions more in free media time and celebrity endorsements, O’Rourke gave the unpopular senator all that he could handle until fading on election day.
Even though Beto was unable to close the deal, a star was born and those celebs who serve as thought leaders for the Democratic party are longing for him to run for president in 2020.
— billboard (@billboard) November 8, 2018
Via Billboard, “Celebs Urge Beto O’Rourke to Run for President in 2020”:
Celebrities flooded social media in anticipation of the midterm elections, either advocating for specific candidates or simply urging their fans to get out and vote. Although the midterm elections are now over, many celebrities are keeping their political momentum going by voicing their continued support for Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who lost to incumbent Republican Ted Cruz in the race for U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
After O’Rourke’s narrow loss, celebrities are calling on the 46-year-old to make a run for president in 2020. After O’Rourke’s loss, Alyssa Milano tweeted, “Beto lost? That’s ok. Now he can run for President.”
Other celebrities like Josh Gad were similarly optimistic, tweeting that the results of the midterm elections were a “win for democracy” and endorsing O’Rourke’s possible presidential run by writing “#Beto2020.”
During his campaign, musicians like Travis Scott and Khalid openly voiced their support for O’Rourke. O’Rourke even earned the favor of Beyoncé, after the singer posted an Instagram endorsing him the night of the election.
There’s even a #Beto2020 hashtag now.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 7, 2018
thank u beto – we r counting on u in 2020 – carry on –
— ROSIE (@Rosie) November 7, 2018
— Steve Kerr (@SteveKerr) November 7, 2018
Looks like Dems will take the house! Do not let all of the other noise tonight deflate you. We finally have a check on the President. Tonight is a win for democracy. Oh and…#Beto2020
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 7, 2018
— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) November 7, 2018
More from Politico, “Beto’s consolation prize: Running for president”:
O’Rourke’s narrow loss to Cruz instead sets him up to run full time for president — and jump immediately into the top tier of Democratic contenders.
O’Rourke has not yet indicated his intentions, but he has built, in the course of a few short months, a national brand and a national fundraising base that few Democrats can match. Conveniently, the chief knock on O’Rourke’s campaign, that he embraced staunchly progressive positions that played poorly in Texas, only heightens his appeal in a national primary for a Democratic Party that has been tacking leftward.
Even after beating O’Rourke, Cruz’s chief strategist, Jeff Roe, stands impressed. “The Democrats don’t have anybody like him,” Roe said. “I’ve seen all of them. They don’t have anyone of his caliber on the national stage. I pray for the soul of anyone who has to run against him in Iowa in 453 days.”
The hero-worship that has been spawned by the celebrities infatuated with O’Rourke is not good news for the rest of the Democratic field.
Democrats, many argue, are overloaded with a collection of socialists, opportunists, and those who are likely too old to make any run against Trump.