O'Rourke using Alabama race for momentum

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - As Democrats celebrate in Alabama, El Paso's own Democratic hopeful for U.S. Senate is capitalizing on Roy Moore's apparent defeat.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke appealed to his supporters in a fundraising email Tuesday night, writing, "If you weren't sure if our campaign to take on Ted Cruz was possible, you'll have to know it is now...Next stop, Texas 2018."

Other Lone Star State Democrats joined in. El Paso State Rep. Joe Moody posted, "Who is ready to work with me to make sure Beto O'Rourke delivers the same result in Texas that we just witnessed in Alabama?"

Former Obama cabinet member Julian Castro tweeted, "Be Afraid (Ted Cruz), be very afraid."

Mike Collier, the Democratic candidate for Texas lieutenant governor visited the KTSM studios Wednesday. "The sentiment that was expressed in Alabama, I believe, is the same sentiment that will be expressed in Texas," Collier said.

O'Rourke also posted a link to a recent interview Cruz gave to Fox News, in which Cruz refused to say that Moore should drop out of the race in Alabama after Moore was accused of preying on underage girls.

But UTEP communication and political science expert Richard Pineda said Texas Democrats need to temper their enthusiasm with a little caution.

"I think the truth of the matter is, (the Alabama race) was a circumstance where there was a candidate that had tremendous baggage," Pineda said. "Roy Moore and Ted Cruz are very different candidates."

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