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>> How is everyone doing?>>
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Yeah?>> They've been shut out of power for decades, but Democrats in Texas are newly hopeful that they can win a Senate seat in next year's congressional elections. Thanks, in part, to President Trump.>> I'm Andy Sullivan in Katy, Texas where Congressman Beto O'Rourke is holding a campaign rally to bolster his bid to unseating cumbent Republican Senator Ted Truth.
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Analysts say he has an uphill climb. Texas has not elected any Democrat to statewide office since 1994. So a big part of O'Rourke's message is that the state is not as conservative as it seems that Democrats could have a chance if they would only get together and mobilize.
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He got several hundred people out here today and they certainly seem to accept him for that message.>> Are you all in?>>
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>> Yeah.>> One reason Texas Democrats think he has a shot, Trump's presidency has galvanized the opposition. O‘Rourke himself telling Reuters in an interview that he decided to run for Senate in part because he views Trump as a threat to democracy.
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>> This is a moment unlike any other, certainly in my lifetime, I think in this country since the Civil War where we really have to decide who we are. And there are two very clear paths that we can take. And the one that would ban all Muslims, that would erect a 2000 mile, 30 foot high wall with Mexico, that would classify the press as the enemy of the people, there's only one destination on that path.
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And it is tyranny. It is not democracy.>> O'Rourke has his work cut out for him. He's still an unknown to many Texas voters, coming from El Paso on the state's Western edge. But there's no question that he's generating excitement among the faithful, drawing big crowds at rallies and raising enough money to stay competitive.
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With political momentum working in their favor nationwide, Democrats hope that next year even Texas might be in play.>> Thank you, very much.