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In Purple Texas, the Last Conservative City Falls

Despite a narrow defeat to Ted Cruz in the midterms, Beto O’Rourke conquered the state’s last major conservative urban area, and helped Democrats statewide.
Hat trick: Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke at a Texas town hall in January.
Hat trick: Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke at a Texas town hall in January.Eric Gay/AP

Fort Worth was always going to be a battleground for Texas.

“Fort Worth is one of the largest conservatively led cities around,” Mayor Betsy Price told me earlier this year. It’s true: Not only is she President Donald Trump’s favorite mayor, Price is one of just a handful of GOP leaders who presides over a large urban center, along with the mayors of Jacksonville and Oklahoma City.