Beto O’Rourke: Democrats dazzled by rising star in Texas – BBC News

This is deeply Hispanic, deeply Democratic territory. You can spend a long time here before you hear a word of English.

While Texas voted for Mr Trump as president in 2016 by 52% to Hillary Clinton’s 43%, Hidalgo County went for the Democrat by 68% to 28%.

Mr O’Rourke may not have Latin roots but he is fluent in Spanish and he leans heavily on his “Beto” nickname – a common contraction of Roberto – which he picked up as a child in El Paso.

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