There probably won’t be many undecided voters on-hand Saturday night, when Willie Nelson holds a concert for Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke.

But the El Paso congressman trying to upset Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November says it’s not about attracting moderate or independents.

FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2017, file photo, Willie Nelson performs in Nashville, Tenn. Nelson will hold a concert for Democratic Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. O’Rourke is a three-term congressman from El Paso trying to upset Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Instead, it’s the latest example of O’Rourke moving to the left in contrast to tight, red-state Senate races around the country, where Democrats often try not to act like ones.

O’Rourke supports legalizing marijuana and single-payer health care, and is open to impeaching President Donald Trump.

FILE – In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, left, and Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, right, take part in their first debate for the Texas U.S. Senate in Dallas. The second debate between O’Rourke and Cruz has been postponed because the Senate may be in session this weekend to vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. (Tom Fox /The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

That strategy also breaks with Texas Democrats who for decades tried to appeal to moderates and lost.

Some detractors have called for boycotts of Nelson — who shrugs those off, saying, “We’re not happy ’til they’re not happy.”

Source: The Associated Press

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