O'Rourke after loss to Cruz: 'I am forever grateful'

Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTrump hits Fox News for 'wasting airtime' with coverage of Buttigieg Overnight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — Momentum builds for federal laws enshrining abortion rights | Missouri lawmakers approve bill banning abortions at 8 weeks | Warren unveils plan to protect abortion rights Overnight Energy: Dems dismiss Interior chief's work calendars as 'fake' | Buttigieg climate plan includes carbon tax | Poll finds growing number say climate is crucial 2020 issue MORE (D-Texas), after losing the Texas Senate race to Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate MORE, told a crowd of cheering supporters, "I am forever grateful to every single one of you." 

O'Rourke, who won 48 percent of the vote to Cruz's 51 percent, streamed a video of his speech on Facebook Live, capping off a social media-centric campaign.


He called his run for Senate, which attracted nationwide attention, "powerful, magical [and] national." 

"I’m as inspired, I’m as hopeful as I have ever been in my life and tonight’s loss does nothing to diminish the way that I feel about Texas or this country," O'Rourke said, his voice breaking occasionally. 

The Texas Democrat ran a record-breaking campaign in the deep-red state, raising close to $70 million throughout the cycle as he gained rising Democratic star status.

"I am so proud of you and this city and this community and what you mean to the rest of this country," O'Rourke said to the crowd, his voice tinged with emotion. 

"I'm so f---ing proud of you guys," he added during the speech, which was aired live on MSNBC.  

"I just now had the opportunity to talk to Sen. Cruz," O'Rourke said, to boos from the crowd. "To congratulate him on his victory and to wish him well going forward." 

Cruz during his victory speech said he had called O'Rourke to congratulate him on campaigning "tirelessly." 

The incumbent Republican throughout the campaign led O'Rourke in the polls and received a lift from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE's endorsement. 

O'Rourke during his speech said he pledged to Cruz that "at this time of division," he and his supporters will do "anything" to help Cruz "in his position of public trust." 

He said he pledged to "ensure that Texas helps to lead this country in a way that brings us back together around the big things that we want to achieve." 

"I’ll work with [Cruz], I’ll work with anyone to make sure we lead on that," O'Rourke said.

O'Rourke ended the speech with a promise to "see you out there down the road." 

The Facebook Live video continued to follow him as he left the stage, capturing some supporters yelling "2020, Beto!" as he exited the building.