Web Exclusive: Attendees discuss the Cruz rally, importance of voting

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About 400 people attended the Sen. Ted Cruz campaign rally at Midwestern State University in Akin Auditorium Thursday evening.

For many, this was their first time to see the Republican senator, and Cruz supporter Jane Kingrea said she’s excited to see Cruz in the flesh for her first time at a political rally.

“We’ve never done this before, never attended anything political, so we just thought it was kind of a neat thing to do to support Ted Cruz,” Jane Kingrea said.

Her husband, Jim Kingrea said the rally at MSU helps encourage Cruz supporters to understand the need for larger engagement for this midterm election.

“I think it’s great that he took the time to come here to Wichita Falls,” Jim Kingrea said. “It looks like he’s got a lot of opposition here, and I think he needs to be here to build up his support.”

For Brian Studer, it was nice to see Cruz again after seeing him several years ago, and he and his family drove in from Seymour to hear the senator speak and meet him after the event.

“It’s just a big deal, time for everybody to support and rally him. It’ll be a good time for him to be here,” Studer said.

Earlier this week, Cruz’s opponent Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke visited Wichita Falls, and John Wright said this midterm race is a lot tighter than he’s ever seen.

“This is going to be a tough race,” Wright said. “It seems like the opponents are about 50/50 on which one’s going to be elected.”

Although some said it seems that this election is more important than the rest, one MSU student said it’s as important as it’s always been but now people are understanding that.

“People are just now realizing exactly how important it is,” MSU student Jimmy Vaughn said. “I think people are scared, and I think that people are scared because that comes from a lack of understanding.”

Vaughn said “people are scared because that comes from a lack of understanding,” and to beat that fear, active participation is important for everyone old enough to vote.

“Personally, I don’t think more people should be involved in politics. I think more people should be involved with voting,” Vaughn said. “Politics is already a mess of a game in and of itself, and just adding more mess to the mess makes it a little more hard to discern who the bad people are and who the good people are.”

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