Texas Panhandle's role in Cruz's re-election

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After the closer-than expected outcome of the Texas Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke, ABC 7 is digging deeper.

We look at the role the Texas Panhandle plays in state politics, and whether it helped push Cruz over the finish line.

The Texas Panhandle is known to vote red---conservative.

Amarillo College Social Science Instructor, Aaron Faver follows politics closely.

“These are some of the numbers right here: So, Potter County-Cruz, 68 to 33," said Faver referencing his 2018 election statistic notes.

County Election Results do show a higher percentage of voters in favor of Cruz, versus Beto in some counties, coming from the Panhandle. Several had over 90 percent voting for Cruz.

Faver said rural counties typically vote more conservative.

"Then Panhandle is traditionally conservative to begin with," said Faver. "By that, people typically in rural areas see themselves and self-identify with candidates that have to do with individuality, liberty, like a homogeneous society."

Faver said Cruz's stances align with what people believe and support here in the Panhandle.

"A candidate that comes through and says, 'I'm going to take as much government out of your life as possible, and give you as much freedom and liberty possible,' is going to be very appealing to a group of people who have a natural instinct toward that."

Though the Panhandle plays a key role in Cruz's re-election, Faver said it's hard to say since more urban counties voted in favor of O'Rourke.

"The further west of I-35 that you go, and not surprisingly excluding San Antonio, we saw a big uptick in the people that wanted to vote for Ted Cruz, and that's outside of the urban triangle," said Faver.

Faver said though Cruz won, this election was an eye-opener for republicans with it being so close.

With demographics changing, he said the next election could be very similar.

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