Melissa O'Rourke visits Lubbock with tight US Senate race ahead

Melissa O'Rourke visits Lubbock with tight US Senate race ahead

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

While Democrat candidate Beto O'Rourke continues to make campaign stops across the state, most recently in San Marcos, his mom is doing a bit of traveling herself.

Melissa O'Rourke visited West Texas for what she says is the first time. She shared stories of her son in hopes to help voters understand his background.

"I think people just want to know stories about Beto and about his family," O'Rourke said.

O'Rourke spoke about her son's political start. Although his father was the El Paso County Commissioner and then the County Judge in the 1980's, she did not expect him to follow in his footsteps. 

However, she said when he saw issues throughout El Paso that were not being resolved, he stepped up. Since then, she has been behind her son, even though their parties did not always match up. 

"My parents were republicans, I was republican through most of my adult life," O'Rourke said.

O'Rourke said she does not identify with the party anymore. 

"So much that's on the Republican ticket, I just don't agree with," O'Rourke said. "I just don't understand the stance that they're taking on things so I identity much more with what's on the democratic platform." 

Lubbock democrats said the support throughout the area is only getting stronger. Mrs. O'Rourke's next stop will be in East Texas. 
 

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