Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman and serial loser, narrowed the focus of his campaign in the last weeks of his third unsuccessful attempt to run for higher office in four years to one issue—in this case, one proper noun: Uvalde.
A shooter at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 kids and two teachers on May 24. Beto utilized the occasion to criticize guns and Gov. Greg Abbott rather than faulting inept law enforcement or failing to notice warning signs. He also stated that voting for him was the solution to the issue.
Beto tweeted about Uvalde the day before the election, stating that Texas will “act by voting for change tomorrow” and that “more families” would weep over lost children “unless we act.”
No family should ever have to experience what the families in Uvalde and Santa Fe have experienced, but they remind us that more families will unless we act.
We are going to act by voting for change tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/IABylCGSJY
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) November 7, 2022
He took time off earlier in the month to travel to Uvalde, Texas—for the fifth time, he was sure to emphasize.
Beto back in UVALDE
Abbott? Nope, never again.
“Five times. Five times to be with this community, to support this community”#UvaldeStrong #BetoDaysAreComing
11/2/22 – 1 pic.twitter.com/1GTrM2MRHA
— BetoMedia (@BetoMedia) November 3, 2022
Good morning, Texas! Hope you'll join us today in Laredo at 12:30 (TAMIU) and in Uvalde at 4:30 (Willie De Leon Civic Center). See you there!
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) November 2, 2022
Then, Uvalde County was the place in Texas where he should have done well on election day. However, Beto not only lost there, he also lost there more decisively than he did statewide.
The Associated Press reported that Gov. Abbott was ahead of O’Rourke by a margin of 54.9 percent to 43.8 percent as of 9:10 a.m. Eastern. However, Abbott was leading O’Rourke by a 22-point margin in Uvalde County.
This was true despite the fact that the shooting “sparked calls for change in Texas government and gun reform,” as Tony Plohetski of the Austin Statesman remarked.
UPDATE: Voters in Uvalde County, where the state's deadliest mass school shooting happened five months ago and sparked calls for change in Texas government and gun reform, voted 22 percent in favor of Gov. Greg Abbott over Beto O'Rourke, 60 to 38 percent in final votes. https://t.co/HssqzCIokN
— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) November 9, 2022
And by the way, O’Rourke dramatically surpassed that in his 2018 Senate campaign against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz. The New York Times reports that Cruz received 54.8 percent of the vote in Uvalde County compared to Beto’s 44.5 percent.
Even while the race was more competitive than this year’s gubernatorial contest, it occurred before Beto and the Democrats made Uvalde the centerpiece of their effort to force Greg Abbott from office. It was a failure.
It now appears ghastly and pitiful that Beto harassed Abbott and other officials during a press conference about the Uvalde massacre:
Beto O'Rourke, a democratic candidate for Texas governor, approached the stage during Gov. Abbott's news conference, confronting him over the elementary school shooting.
O'Rourke told Abbott the shooting was "totally predictable" and that he was "doing nothing." pic.twitter.com/KrMoS2RC1y
— NBC News (@NBCNews) May 25, 2022
More on this story via The Western Journal:
O’Rourke’s loss was a reminder that perception isn’t reality.
That mostly cut against Republicans on Tuesday, sadly to say. In Texas, it cut against Beto.
Not that he was a favorite to win anyway — the RealClearPolitics polling average had him over 10 points down, which is roughly where he’ll likely finish — but at least he was supposed to Start a Conversation™ about gun control. He didn’t.
As Omar Villafranca of CBS News noted, “even though Beto was down there, and five months after that tragedy … Greg Abbott won that county handily. What was working for Greg Abbott? If it’s not broken, no need to fix it.” CONTINUE READING…