Doug Jones’ victory in the Alabama senate race last night has emboldened Democrats around the country. Some of those looking to challenge prominent Republicans in the 2018 election were quick to tweet out messages congratulating Senator-Elect Jones — while warning their Republican counterparts to watch out.
El Paso, Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke has an uphill battle to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in reliably red Texas but after sending his congratulations “to the people of Alabama, to the United States and to Doug Jones”, he was quick to encourage his fellow Texans to volunteer for his campaign.
TEXAS: we can do this! If you want to help me talk to voters, sign up volunteers and share a positive message about how we can lead on jobs, healthcare, immigration, the environment and equality: https://t.co/gAg1JwXKv4
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) December 13, 2017
Ironworker and lifelong Wisconsinite Randy Bryce caught people’s attention earlier this year when his campaign announcement video went viral. “Paul Ryan, you can come work the iron, and I’ll go to D.C.,” he said in the video. After Jones’ win last night, he wasn’t afraid to directly call out Speaker Ryan again.
.@SpeakerRyan, we're up next.https://t.co/GIe7DNiI9J
— Randy Bryce (@IronStache) December 13, 2017
Over in Iowa, eight-term congressman Steve King will be challenged by first-time candidate J.D. Scholten. Referencing a controversial tweet that Rep. King sent out last week, Scholten told the congressman that “we’re coming for you next.”
No one thought @GDouglasJones could win in Alabama.
America is at it’s best with diversity and underdogs.
Watch out @SteveKingIA, we're coming for you next! ?
— J.D. Scholten (@Scholten4Iowa) December 13, 2017
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