Emotions are running high nationwide as Americans vote in the midterm elections. Just ask 77-year-old Pamela Aguirre, who teared up as she cast her ballot for Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. Wheeling her oxygen tank behind her, Aguirre came dressed to vote in an orange beanie and a BETO FOR SENATE T-shirt and determined to elect the El Paso representative over incumbent (and Republican) Senator Ted Cruz.
O’Rourke has amassed an A-list fanbase—from Lebron James to Connie Britton—but Aguirre, who spoke to a reporter after she spotted O’Rourke himself at the polls in her district, offered one the most heartwarming endorsements of him to date.
Her voice at times breaking, Aguirre told MSNBC’s Garrett Haake what a message it would send to see O’Rourke win tonight. “We think he’s pretty important and we’re honored that he was here,” she said. When Haake asked her to elaborate, Aguirre didn’t mince words, telling him that O’Rourke “represents everything Donald Trump isn’t.”
“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,” Aguirre continued. “It means a lot. We’re just so proud.” She choked up once more as she explained to Haake what triumph for O’Rourke would mean to her. “Everything. Just everything. We want him to win. And we’ll be watching the TV tonight, with him—he’ll be someplace in the city. But it will just mean so much. It will mean that, by gosh, we all still have a chance to have a decent country, with decent values, with decent relationships with other people.”
Polls still have O’Rourke a hair behind Cruz, and Texas remains solid red, but O’Rourke has a better chance than most pundits expected when he launched his campaign, and Aguirre, at least, believes.