The Senator for Texas’ reputation has struggled ever since his 2016 presidential bid, in which Donald Trump heavily targeted him as out-of-touch and weak. Now Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic Congressman from the state’s 16th district, who has a strong record of backing LGBT rights, is trying to replace him in the Senate. O’Rourke has so far raised more than $13 million, including $6.7 million in the first three months of this year alone. This achievement is all the more remarkable given he refuses to accept cash from political action committees. Elected as a member of the El Paso City Council in 2005, he pushed for domestic partnership benefits even though he admitted that by then the issue was very delicate and unpopular. Last year Cruz backed a GOP candidate who compared Christian ‘victims’ of equal marriage to Holocaust. Backing failed candidate Roy Moore, who had argued gay sex should be criminalized.