Dallas Morning News endorses Beto O’Rourke

The Dallas Morning News on Thursday endorsed Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) in his Senate race against incumbent Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine On The Money — Ban on stock trading for Congress gains steam MORE (R).

“The pivotal issue before our country is public leadership, and here we believe O’Rourke’s tone aligns with what is required now,” the editorial board wrote. “This inclusive and hopeful tone, along with O’Rourke’s approach of starting with shared principles and working toward solutions, offset any policy differences we have with him.”

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The editorial praised O’Rourke’s “demeanor” and endorsed a number of his policy stances, including rejoining the Paris climate accord, support for renewable energy in Texas and opposition to President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE’s proposed border wall.

The Dallas Morning News wrote that while they align with Cruz on many issues, such as economic policy and job creation, the senator is a “cutting figure.”

“There is a set of principles we would like to restore in domestic politics that starts with building political bridges,” the board wrote, and described O'Rourke's “camaraderie” with political opponents as an “antidote to … political poison.”

“In the divisive times in which we live, we believe that tone and leadership are the top issues with which to judge these candidates' tenures in office,” the board wrote. “So we’re placing a bet on Beto."

The paper also endorsed Cruz's previous Senate opponent, Paul Sadler (D), in 2012, but backed Republican presidential nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyVoting rights and Senate wrongs Biden says minorities will vote no matter how hard GOP makes it The Memo: Is Trump the GOP's future or in rearview mirror? MORE in that same year.

The endorsement comes a week after the Houston Chronicle also endorsed O’Rourke. The Chronicle previously endorsed Cruz in his 2012 run.

Recent polls have shown Cruz with an edge over the rising Democratic star in the closely watched race. Texas has not elected a Democrat to the Senate in decades. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report has rated the race a "toss-up."

The RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Cruz with a 7-point lead.