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77 Year-Old Texas Voter Just Explained Why Electing Beto O'Rourke Would Mean So Much to Her, and Now We're Crying
A 77-year-old Texas voter was moved to tears after she ran into Democratic Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke at her polling station Tuesday morning.
The voter, "Pamela," sported a BETO FOR SENATE t-shirt and hauled her oxygen tank to the ballot box in El Paso, Texas to vote for the three-term Congressman hoping to oust incumbent Republican Ted Cruz.
MSNBC's Garrett Haake asked Pamela how it felt to see O'Rourke and his family as she voted.
"You were here when Beto came to cast his vote and you told me this was very emotional for you," Haake said. "Why?"
Pamela, fighting back tears, said she "wasn't expecting" to see O'Rourke and that she thinks he is "pretty important," adding that she and others are "honored" that O'Rourke "is here."
Haake followed up by asking Pamela why she feels O'Rourke is so important.
Pamela's powerful answer is all of us.
"Because he represents everything Donald Trump isn't."
The conversation continued.
Haake: "Tell me what it means to you to see Beto who's sort of a favorite son around here. We're in his neighboorhood. He's out here representing El Paso, hoping to represent the whole state. What has it meant for you to see what he's been saying on the national stage?"
Pamela: "Well, I give him a lot of credit for standing up and saying what he thinks and for being willing to represent so many people who are like-minded. It means a lot. We're just so proud."
Haake: "What will it feel like if you see him win this race tonight?"
Pamela's emotional response was one of hope.
"Everything. We want him to win. We'll be watching the TV tonight. He'll be someplace in the city. It will just be so much. It will mean that, my gosh, we still have a chance to have a decent country with decent values with decent relationships with people."
Watch the interview below:
WATCH: Pamela, 77, with her oxygen tank and her “BETO FOR SENATE” T-shirt, fights back tears while talking about se… https://t.co/Dy94XlcvBs— MSNBC (@MSNBC) 1541517759.0
Social media joined Pamela in her Election Day feels.
@MSNBC @Sarah_SKG_1983 @LA_Karma1 @gkanders @Sky_Lee_1 watch this video. I cried for her for us for this country.— Monica Fraker (@Monica Fraker) 1541519049.0
@Sarah_SKG_1983 @MSNBC @LA_Karma1 @gkanders @Sky_Lee_1 This is why we vote. We vote for her not just for ourselves.— Monica Fraker (@Monica Fraker) 1541519715.0
@MSNBC I love you Pamela and am crying right along with you! #BetoForEverything— Propane Jane™ (@Propane Jane™) 1541518276.0
@docrocktex26 @MSNBC Makes you feel good. Tears of joy. I share them with you both. #Election2018 #Vote— ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Patrece (@¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Patrece) 1541518609.0
@havewhatusay @MSNBC ::hugs:: #StrongerTogether— Propane Jane™ (@Propane Jane™) 1541519564.0
@MSNBC @medit8now Voting felt SO FREAKING good this time!!! I cannot recommend it highly enough. You just have to s… https://t.co/k77sy78TPn— Lady Justice is an OG (@Lady Justice is an OG) 1541518710.0
@MSNBC If this did not tug at your heart strings. I wish I was in Texas today to vote for #BetoORourke— Trisha Ann (@Trisha Ann) 1541518249.0
Excitement for O'Rourke was also shared on Twitter.
Many are reminded of Robert Kennedy's trek through the South during the 1968 presidential race. Kennedy made poverty and racial equality cornerstones of his ill-fated campaign.
@MSNBC Robert Francis O'Rourke walking in the path of Robert Francis Kennedy (Bobby would be proud)— Helen's daughter (@Helen's daughter) 1541518099.0
@yesmam47 @MSNBC He reminds me so much of Bobby Kennedy. Best wishes to Beto from CA! Don’t miss this opportunity Texas!— Karen Jones (@Karen Jones) 1541518890.0
@NWcarol28 @karenshouse @MSNBC It's not about his looks that remind us of Bobby, it's his youth, his energy, his po… https://t.co/nAI1l4FPDJ— Helen's daughter (@Helen's daughter) 1541520893.0
@yesmam47 @NWcarol28 @MSNBC I totally agree. All of those things remind me of Bobby.— Karen Jones (@Karen Jones) 1541520980.0
Others believe O'Rourke is a decent person and would make Texas proud as its next U.S. Senator.
@TitaniumGirl16 @karenshouse @yesmam47 @NWcarol28 @MSNBC @realDonaldTrump @tedcruz They have nothing else "on him"… https://t.co/4TqQFfoe9J— Kristin Lovgren (@Kristin Lovgren) 1541525151.0
@GoadWilks @MSNBC @BetoORourke You're so lucky to have the chance for #Beto !! I'm in Delaware and have his bumper… https://t.co/bnZU1t5776— medit8now (@medit8now) 1541519065.0
@medit8now @GoadWilks @MSNBC @BetoORourke We'll ALL get to vote for Beto for President some day !!!— Barbara Navarro #ClimateJustice 🆘 🌊 (@Barbara Navarro #ClimateJustice 🆘 🌊) 1541523024.0
If you live in Texas, polls are open until 7 P.M. CST.