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FOCUS: Beto O'Rourke Sings 'On the Road Again' With Willie Nelson in Final Pitch to Texas Voters
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=37115"><span class="small">Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone</span></a>   
Monday, 05 November 2018 12:54

Stuart writes: "With just one day until the 2018 election, Beto O'Rourke has debuted a new ad featuring Texas' elder statesman, Willie Nelson."

Willie Nelson and Beto O'Rourke on September 29th, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (photo: Rick Kern/WireImage)
Willie Nelson and Beto O'Rourke on September 29th, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (photo: Rick Kern/WireImage)

Beto O'Rourke Sings 'On the Road Again' With Willie Nelson in Final Pitch to Texas Voters

By Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone

05 November 18

The new ad is a nod to O’Rourke’s year-plus road trip across the Lone Star state

ith just one day until the 2018 election, Beto O’Rourke has debuted a new ad featuring Texas’ elder statesman, Willie Nelson. The country legend headlined a free concert for the Senate hopeful in September that drew an estimated 55,000 people to Austin’s Auditorium Shores, where certified voter registrars were sprinkled throughout the crowd and local candidates and politicians were given stage time between acts like Leon Bridges and Carrie Rodriguez.

The new ad repurposes footage from the concert, where Nelson invited O’Rourke up on stage to sing Nelson’s hit “On the Road Again” together, a reference to the 20 months O’Rourke has spent driving to each of the state’s 254 counties.

“There is something special happening in Texas right now,” O’Rourke says in the ad. “In really small towns, in really big cities, people are getting off the sidelines and into the game. We are meeting the divisiveness that dominates our politics today with a courage, a strength, a big heart that could only come from Texas.”

Polls have tightened in the race’s final days, with at least one survey showing O’Rourke and incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz tied with 49 percent of the vote. Almost 4.9 million Texans voted early this year, surpassing the number that voted early in the 2012 presidential election and doubling, in many counties, turnout in the last midterm election.

Nelson experienced some backlash for throwing his support behind O’Rourke, but he’s stood by the candidate.

“People will sometimes get upset because I’ve got a vote, too,” Nelson told Rolling Stone shortly after he endorsed O’Rourke, adding the bromide: “Opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one.

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+6 # DongiC 2018-11-05 13:19
God speed, Beto, and may the wind always be at your back and the grace of the Lord forever at your side. May He bless your compassionate and wonderful efforts with unstinted victory.
+5 # giraffee23 2018-11-05 18:52
hope o'rourke wins
+3 # LionMousePudding 2018-11-06 02:12
Beto will win by 5 points.

Prediction donated free of charge and with extra opinion rebate by me.

+3 # Texas Aggie 2018-11-06 09:52
Or, as in the case of our Dear Leader and his minions, some are one.
0 # elkingo 2018-11-08 19:47
I'd have killed to hear Beto and Willie sing "On the Road Again". Matter of fact, every candidate should be able to sing as a qualification for office.
0 # elkingo 2018-11-09 02:30
Beto, run for Pres. in '20. Talk to Warren and
Bernie, work something out. Third Party?