What I thought was going to be a very positive night for our friend Beto turned out to be a nightmare.
First of all, the hype about the big Democratic turnout was squashed when Republicans actually showed up in higher than usual numbers... which is odd since they just took the White House. Happy people don't vote. Why did Republicans feel the need to flex their muscles?
Republicans turned out 500,000 more voters than Democrats and there wasn't that many, if any, competitive races.
Even scarier is that Beto scored just over 641,000 votes... That left him just over 676,000 votes short of Cruz's vote total of about 1.3 million. You read that right - Beto needs to more than double his votes form the primary to contend with Cruz's primary numbers. Even if you add Beto's two opponent's totals (assuming they will all show up to vote for Beto in November) he's still 200,000 short.
Beto needs to find about 500,000 new voters on top of the million or so that showed up for the primary.
The most devastating stat for Beto is how bad he did in the valley. Shouldn't have been close. He's the border guy of all border guys. He has his work cut out for him down there.
I guess we were all just expecting a lethargic Republican turnout because we assumed that Cruz wasn't popular... looks like we were wrong.