READ: Beto O’Rourke Emails Supporters: ‘While There Is Loss, I Also Feel Intense Gratitude, Waves of It Every Day. How Was I So Lucky to Be Part of Something So Amazing?’


After a campaign, whether a candidate wins or loses, they usually thank their campaign workers and supporters in some way. But an email sent by Democratic Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke drew extra attention.

In an email to his supporters, O’Rourke begins by telling people about his day at home with his family, writing that the children and his wife are in the next room watching a movie as he types. O’Rourke talks of the joy from the mundane bits of everyday life that one only misses when they are not a part of daily life because of work or a political campaign.

But then he goes on to write:

“Already miss the road. Miss our team and our volunteers that we’d see in every city, every town. Miss the energy and smiles and joy I found all over Texas.”

“Miss the purpose, the goal. Miss being part of something so much bigger than me or my life. Organized for a common cause and end.”

“We were all together, really together. Never felt anything like that.”

O’Rourke added:

“While there is loss, I also feel intense gratitude, waves of it every day. How was I so lucky to be part of something so amazing?”

“I can close my eyes and see so many faces and smiles. Hear the laughing and the cheering. I can see us hopeful and connecting as we shook one another’s hand, looking at each other and nodding, knowing.”

“All the stories that have been shared with me, all part of me. Every gift and kindness, every word of encouragement. Every bit of faith in what we had set ourselves to.”

“We were doing this for one another, doing this the right way, doing this for our country at what we all know to be a defining moment of truth.”

Laura Olin shared O’Rourke’s message on Twitter, calling it “one for the ages.”

Other supporters also felt it needed to be shared with the world.

Many agreed with Olin’s assessment.

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