Texas Tech University

Why Beto O’Rourke brought out rural Republicans who defeated his Texas Senate bid

The Columbus Dispatch

December 17, 2018

PLACID, Texas — JoAnn Randall, a writer and rancher in Placid, a dot on the map 145 miles northwest of Austin in the geographical center of Texas, describes herself as a political independent.

"I don't think his strategy was ever one to secure crossover voters," said Seth McKee, a Texas Tech University expert on Southern politics. "I can't think of any salient issue where he didn't look like a national Democrat."

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