On Tuesday evening, a popular Senate candidate in Texas lost his race to incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Following news of his loss, Beto O'Rourke memes and tweets appeared all over social media, with many using the medium to express their disappointment at the Democratic candidate's loss.
O'Rourke gave an impassioned concession speech in El Paso on Tuesday evening. In his speech, he offered immense gratitude to his supporters and expressed hope for the future trajectory of Texas and the United States. As the Democratic senatorial candidate asserted (via Vox):
El Paso, I love you so much. I am so proud of you in the city and community and what you mean to the rest of the country. And what you have achieved tonight, along with so many other amazing people across the state. The kindness, generosity you have shown to me and Amy and our family, and to our campaign, it’s amazing. That is why my faith in this state and country is not diminished. We will continue to work and come together to make sure that we live up to the promise of potential of the country.
As The Guardian described, O'Rourke's campaign received a lot of attention and support from young people, both in Texas and across the United States. Indeed, in his race, O'Rourke raised around $70 million, with most of it coming from online contributions. As a result of O'Rourke's popularity, many were exceedingly disappointed after he lost his Texas Senate bid to Cruz. The memes and tweets below reflect some of this disappointment, but also reveal that his supporters have hope that he will have a bright political future.