But the unorthodox approach didn’t stop there 😉 O’Rourke pledged to visit all 254 Texas counties, even as the vast majority of voters live in less than a dozen 😁 He tapped a staffer to livestream on Facebook hours of his time on the campaign trail — not just speeches and town halls but also O’Rourke doing his laundry and skateboarding through a Whataburger parking lot. He wanted to make himself known to Texasans in a unique way. Inexorably, the number of attendees to his events started growing in almost every region. Donations, most of them small but hundreds of thousands of them, began rolling in — with some supporters motivated in part by O’Rourke’s emphatic refusal to accept money from PACs. 
By a vote of 223 to 37, the Senate adopted HR 1314. This bill was used as a legislative instrument for trade legislation. The titles of the Trade Act of 2015 (Trade Act) and Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Accountability Act of 2015 were respectively approved by the Senate. This bill would have given the president trade promotion authority. TPA is also called fast track authority and allows the president trade negotiations that are not subject to amendment by Congress. The legislation is approved by a simple majority of the Congress, which casts an up-or down vote. Additionally, the bill included provisions for assistance in trade adjustment and a list of trade priorities. Along with 47 Republican senators, Cruz voted in favourr of the bill. Trade promotion authority The Senate approved the bill by 60 votes to 38 on June 24, 2015. Cruz was one the five Republicans that voted against this bill. The Senate Republican Leadership honoured a promise to support Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). Passing the measure as part of HR 1295 – Trade Preferences Extension Act Vote on the 2015 election. The House adopted HR 1295 on June 25, 2015. TPA, TAA and TPA were then signed into law by the House on June 29, 2015. 
Ballotpedia.org The article also explains that 33-five out of 100 Senate seats are up for election in 2018. This includes two special election seats. Republicans won four of the previously Democratic-held Senate seats while Democrats gained two. The net result was a gain in Republican Party seats as well as an increase in number 53 seats in the chamber. This was identified as a battleground in 2018, which might have affected the 116th congressional partisan control. The 51-seat Senate majority was held by Republicans at the time of this election. Democrats controlled 47 seats and the independents teamed up with them. In 2018, Democrats were exposed to greater political risk as they’re having to defend 26 seats, while Republicans only had nine. Donald Trump (R), won 10 of the 10 seats that Democrats needed to defend. Hillary Clinton won a Senate seat that the’s GOP having to defend. Tauna Grubb, Karaganda Kazakhstan (last amended on 42 days ago) 
Dalton Hamm at cnn.comAccording to a report by, turning Texas blue is the white whale in Democratic political ambition. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) has been the subject of national excitement and million dollar donations by Democrats all over the country, who wish to see Ted Cruz lose his seat. O’Rourke is far ahead of Cruz in terms of fundraising, but it remains to be seen if that enthusiasm will translate into Texas votes. Trump won Texas by nine points, an increase in margin over the Ohio, Arizona, and Georgia. Democrats still have the potential to make gains in the House, including the 23rd, 32nd, and possibly the 21st, and 31st congressional districts. It is anticipated that the Houston suburbs’ 7th will be the closest. Rep. John Culberson, a Republican facing Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, a Democratic lawyer in a tight race. Gov. Greg Abbott (R), is up for reelection, but it’s likely that he will defeat Lupe Valdez (D), former Dallas County Sheriff.