‘There was at one point a horrible sense of déjà vu’

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‘There was at one point a horrible sense of déjà vu’

US midterm elections have left Democrats and Republicans alike making much of partial wins, writes Siobhán Brett in New York


Accosted: President Donald Trump speaks to CNN journalist Jim Acosta on Wednesday Acosta was later stripped of his White House pass. AP Photo/Evan Vucci
Accosted: President Donald Trump speaks to CNN journalist Jim Acosta on Wednesday Acosta was later stripped of his White House pass. AP Photo/Evan Vucci
In Colorado, Jared Polis became the first openly gay governor in US history
Michigan legalised marijuana
In Iowa, Abby Finkenauer (29) became the youngest woman to be elected to Congress
Ilhan Omar (far right), who along with Rashida Tlaib, became the first Muslim women elected to Congress
Deb Haaland reacts to Sharice Davids’ victory; they are the first Native Americans to win seats in the House of Representatives
Listen to the Beto drum: Beto O’Rourke and his wife Amy Sanders take the stage to concede the race to Ted Cruz in Texas

The name most visible on hats, jumpers, and badges in New York City for the past month was “Beto”. Beto for Texas. Beto for Senate. Vote Beto. Four letters encountered on the street, on the subway, and in bars.

The Beto in question was, of course, Beto O’Rourke, the charismatic, gangly 46-year-old Texan with what seemed to be a very good chance at defeating a high-profile incumbent, Senator Ted Cruz.

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