Beto O'Rourke Tells Supporters 'I'm So F**king Proud of You' and 'We Will See You Down The Road'

After a full year on the road, traveling to Texas’s 254 counties and holding 320 town hall meetings with potential voters, Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke has lost his historic campaign against incumbent Ted Cruz.

In a concession speech on election night, O'Rourke expressed his gratitude toward supporters.

“For the last 22 months I’ve been traveling through every single country of Texas, and I’m as inspired and hopeful as I’ve ever been in my life and tonight’s loss does nothing to diminish the way I feel about Texas or this country,” said O’Rourke during his concession speech in El Paso. “Getting to be with and to see all of you tonight reminds me why we set out to do this in the first place, we’re not about being against anybody or another political party. We’re not going to define ourselves by who or what we’re against or afraid of. We are a great people, defined by our aspirations and the hard work we are willing to commit to achieve them.”

O’Rourke broke campaign finance records, raising nearly $70 million dollars without accepting cash from political action committees or corporations and ended up within points of Cruz, a huge achievement in the ruby-red state of Texas.

Still, in the end, he could not break the state’s 25-year Democratic dry spell.

There is speculation, however, that this isn’t the last we hear from O’Rourke. Speculation is rampant that he’ll emerge as a frontrunner in 2020’s presidential election or in the Texas governor’s race. Cruz, who won the race, directed part of his own election night speech to O'Rourke.

“I want to take a moment to congratulate Beto O’Rourke, he poured his heart into this campaign. He worked tirelessly, I want to say millions across this state were inspired by his campaign,” Cruz said during his victory speech. “They didn’t prevail and I am grateful the people of Texas chose a different path...We saw an assault that was unprecedented, an $100 million race with Hollywood coming in, the state and the media coming. But all the money in the world was no match against the good people of our state.”

O’Rourke had kind words for Cruz, and told the crowd that he would do whatever it took to help the Senator govern effectively.

“I just now had the opportunity to talk to Senator Cruz and to congratulate him on his victory and to wish him well going forward,” said O’Rourke. “What I said and pledged on behalf of all of us is at this time of division and bitterness that defines the national conversation, if there’s anything we can do to help him, we will.”

O’Rourke also preached unity in the speech.

“I am forever changed in the most profoundly positive way and forever grateful to every single one of you for making this possible. I believe in you, I believe in Texas and I believe in this country,” he said. Americans, he said, need to practice “damning the differences and deciding what unites us is far greater than the color of our skin. It is the greatness to which we aspire and the work we’re willing to be able to put into it to achieve it is what we will be known by going forward.”

In the end, O'Rourke, who is known for having a potty mouth, couldn't help but drop an f-bomb. "I am so f**king proud of you," he told a roaring crowd. 

Before he left the stage, O’Rourke opened the possibility of another run. “We will see you down the road,” he said.

GettyImages-1064193326 U.S. Senate candidate Representative Beto O'Rourke talks with a supporters after he cast his ballot at El Paso Community College-Rio Grande Campus on Election Day November 6, 2018, in El Paso, Texas. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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