Leading Newspapers in Texas' Largest Three Cities All Endorse Beto O'Rourke over Ted Cruz

Leading Newspapers in Texas' Largest Three Cities All Endorse Beto O'Rourke over Ted Cruz

On Thursday, the Dallas Morning News became the latest paper in Texas to endorse Democratic El Paso Rep. Beto O'Rourke for Senate, choosing him over incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.

"In conducting his campaign, he has displayed a demeanor that offers respect for each person and a humbleness that will allow him to open the door to working with those who hold political views different from his," wrote the editorial board. "We believe O'Rourke is right in calling for rejoining the Paris climate accord, supporting the vast potential of renewable energy in Texas, and calling for universal background checks on guns. He is also right to reject the call for construction of a border wall and to call for comprehensive and fair immigration reform."

The editorial board faulted Cruz for his divisiveness and rhetoric. "Lincoln, echoing the Gospel of Mark, cautioned us long ago that a house divided against itself cannot stand. And we believe that at this moment, we cannot afford such an approach."

The Dallas Morning News is a center-right publication. While they did not endorse Cruz for his first term either, they picked the Republican presidential candidate over the Democratic one in 12 of the last 13 elections.

With this endorsement, O'Rourke — who has become a nationwide celebrity with his grassroots, populist campaign — now has the backing of the primary daily papers in all of Texas' three largest cities.

The San Antonio Express-News endorsed O'Rourke earlier this month, citing Cruz's disastrous 2013 government shutdown to defund Obamacare. This was shortly followed by an endorsement from the Houston Chronicle — which seemed to particularly sting Cruz, as Houston is his hometown and they endorsed him last time. That endorsement prompted him to lash out on Twitter, saying that the "left-wing Chron" backed "every single Dem they think has even a prayer of winning."

Recent polls of the Texas Senate race show Cruz favored, but his lead tightening somewhat. Early voting is underway, and turnout is surging — including in all of the above cities.

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