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One topic I've strayed away from since starting this blog in May has been politics. I even told myself it would be the one subject I wouldn't touch. It can be a sticky subject to talk about depending on who you talk to it about and their viewpoints, etc. But since I essentially type to myself on this blog... I was like "I'm just going to do it". That and the fact I'm spending $30 a month to keep this sparsely updated blog online every month. Sparsely updated as of late, but more posts to come in the near future.
That is the plan. That. Is. The. Plan. Stan.
Last night, Ted Cruz defeated Beto O'Rourke 51-48% to reclaim his re-election. I have several thoughts on how things played out. Firstly, I don't identify as Republican or Democrat. Right or Left. I try to be as Independent as possible. I think that's the best way to go about things. I don't think there's a cut and dry solution to every problem and I don't think one size fits all in politics.
Beto ran a near perfect campaign imo. He raised more money than any Senate candidate in US history. The guy visited EVERY county in Texas. 254 counties to be exact. Every day for the last near two years... his social media was posting him in a new county. Sometimes 2-3 counties in the same day. It felt exhausting just seeing his Texas travels via Instagram. I can't imagine actually achieving what he did travel wise and for how long he did it for. The guy clearly gave it his all.
On the other hand, Ted Cruz. Didn't do as much campaign work as his counterpart. And the thing is - he didn't have to. Texas has been swaying a lot more blue the last few elections, but he was still banking on the conservative historical red nature of the state to come through and it did. Although, you can't tell me he wasn't sweating at least a little bit with how close the results turned out to be.
I feel like the pendulum keeps getting heavier and heavier. I think it's only a matter of time before Texas turns blue for an election. Of course it depends a lot on the candidates. I don't have the actual voting numbers of how each age group voted for each candidate (this is Jake Rambles - not CNN. What up), but I would bet this cup of coffee I'm drinking on the fact that Beto had a ton more young voters (18-35). The El Paso native seemed to capitalize on young voters better than maybe any other political candidate I've seen in my lifetime at least. The dude was skating on a skateboard outside of a g'damn Whataburger.
Now who's to say the Republican margin won't go back to being large again if a hip, young candidate on the Red side was running? Or even a older candidate who took the same grassroots approach as Beto did? There's nothing that says that won't happen. I'm basically basing this entire post off recent voting patterns in Texas and how each guy is perceived in my very narrow view of the age group I'm in (18-35) instead of actual issues either stood for. There's websites out there for those issues. If you want actual breakdown of what each candidate stood for in terms of issues - this blog is not the place.
I just find it interesting to reflect on the voting numbers and how things have changed recently in the State. I think it makes Democrats here more hopeful for the future and it can also benefit Republicans alike in terms of lighting more of a fire for them to campaign a little harder. Voting numbers were up around the State for this election and I think it only grows larger for years to come.
Thanks for reading as always.