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Texas 2020 Elections

Why two former Beto O'Rourke staffers now say they're with Bernie Sanders

Their journey reveals a major fault line for O’Rourke as he transitions from a statewide campaign in which occasional votes with the Republicans can be an asset to a new national playing field where some see those moves as political apostasy.

Autumn Lanning and Bryant Young were student staffers on Beto O'Rourke U.S. Senate campaign. They now support presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Young created a video that's critical of Beto O'­Rourke titled "Beto is a BAD Candidate for President." March 28, 2019.

Texas 2020 Elections

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From left, Autum Lanning, Beto O’Rourke and Bryant Young.
Beto O'Rourke in April 2018, after signing a pledge not to take campaign donations "from oil, gas or coal industries." Mickey Fetonte, a member of the environmental group 350 Austin, posed for this picture with O'Rourke after he signed it.
Bryant Young and Autum Lanning.

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