WASHINGTON (AFP) – Hours before polls closed in one of America s most closely watched Senate races pop superstar Beyonce lent her support to Beto O Rourke, the Texas Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Republican Ted Cruz.
Beyonce, a Houston native, posted a series of self-portraits that showed her sporting a cap with the slogan “Beto for Senate” and the message: “Every vote counts.”
“Every race matters,” the queen of pop wrote. “We can t voice our frustrations and complain about what s wrong without voting and exercising our power to make it right.”
“We need you.”
O Rourke — a charismatic three-time congressman and former punk band member — tweeted his thanks to Beyonce, who in the past has thrown her star power behind Barack Obama and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
The high-profile 11th hour endorsement came as American voters were pouring into polling stations to wrap a heated midterm campaign seen as a test of Donald Trump s contentious presidency.
O Rourke s battle against Ted Cruz — a 47-year-old who fought Trump for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination — is one of the most expensive and closely watched Senate races in the sharply divided United States.
A win from the 46-year-old O Rourke — whose given names are Robert Francis but who goes by Beto — would post a major win for the embattled Democratic Party.
Beyonce was a last-minute addition to the list of stars backing O Rourke, who also garnered support from Houston hip-hop artist Travis Scott and NBA royalty LeBron James.
“Sending you all love and positivity on this happy voting day!” Beyonce wrote.