Media darling Democrat Beto O'Rourke raises record $70m and still loses

The British media have been going wild over a Democratic candidate for the US Senate in Texas who calls himself Beto O’Rourke (Robert Francis O’Rourke), despite raising a record $70m he still lost against Republican rival Ted Cruz.

O’Rourke was described by Channel 4 News as having “a skateboard, a young family and modern political instincts to match”, the BBC called him a “rising star” but last night despite the overwhelmingly positive coverage of his campaign he fell short of winning by 100,000s of votes.

The Democrat raised the most money of any Senate campaign in US history, having raised almost $70m compared to his rival Cruz’s $40m.

Yet last night he lost by over 200,000 votes to Cruz with 98% of votes counted.

O’Rourke’s loss comes as the US Midterms result in the Democrats winning back the House of Representatives whilst Trump increased his majority in the Senate.

4 years ago the Democratic candidate in Texas raised just $700,000 and achieved 3.2m votes, compared to O’Rourke’s 4m votes, meaning in 2012 the Democrats spent just $0.22 per vote, whereas in 2018 they spent a massive $17.5 per vote and still lost.