During a concession speech broadcast live on television, Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke made the crowd go wild when he thanked his supporters for their hard work and announced he was "so f—ing proud" of them.
The Democrat lost to incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R), and shared that he called Cruz, wished him well, and pledged to do whatever is necessary to bring Democrats and Republicans together. "I am as inspired, as hopeful, as I have ever been in my life, and tonight's loss does nothing to diminish the way that I feel about Texas or this country," he said.
O'Rourke thanked everyone who backed him, from volunteers to voters, and said his family appreciated all of the "kindness and generosity" received from "amazing" people across the state. In a statement that is sure to be analyzed by people wondering what his next step is, O'Rourke also said he knows "we will continue to work to come together, to make sure that we live up to the promise and the potential of this country." Catherine Garcia