AUSTIN, Texas | Despite loss, Beto O’Rourke’s run reveals a changing Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — Beto O’Rourke didn’t turn Texas blue. But for the first time in decades, it’s looking much less red.
The midterm elections in Texas ousted a Republican who carried a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people, drove out a GOP lawmaker who called federal immigration agents on Hispanic protesters and gave Democrats in Houston run of the nation’s third most populous county.
For a generation, Texas has been a laboratory of conservatism that tested legal boundaries and churned out Republican presidential candidates.