Beto O'Rourke thanks his fans after fierce Senate race in Texas

Beto O’Rourke ended his Texas campaign for Senate as a true maverick on Tuesday night, dropping an uncensored f-bomb live on national television in an address to his supporters.

“I’m so f*****g proud of you guys,” O’Rourke, addressing those who worked on his campaign, said to thunderous applause. “Everybody who worked on this campaign, every volunteer and ambassador, everyone who knocked on doors, everyone who made phone calls, everyone who allowed themselves to hope and believe, to be inspired by one another and to turn it into action and into votes.”

The popular Democrat, hailed as a new face of the progressive movement in America, wasn’t able to surmount Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday, but he delivered an impassioned concession speech that focused heavily on the groundbreaking network of support that helped fuel his bid for Congress.

Cruz had attempted to shame O’Rourke’s language throughout the campaign, even releasing a 30-second mashup of the Democrat swearing at events while warning Texans that the lawmaker’s rallies were not a “great place to bring the kids.”

The language was met with some awkwardness during the night’s live broadcasts. MSNBC anchor Brian Williams issued a terse apology after the network aired the speech, saying “sorry for the f-bomb” and noting that they didn’t have any “control of what’s in the concession speeches.” C-SPAN also aired the clip live and uncensored, according to reports.

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EL PASO, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) (R) talks with a supporters after he cast his ballot at El Paso Community College-Rio Grande Campus on Election Day November 06, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. In Texas, O'Rourke is in a surprisingly tight contest against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the state's U.S. Senate race. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Texas US Senatorial Candidate Beto O'Rourke leaves a polling station at El Paso, Texas, Community College-Rio Grande Campus, with his children, after casting his vote in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018. - Americans started voting Tuesday in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of US President Donald Trump's controversial presidency, with control of Congress at stake. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images)
EL PASO, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), his wife Amy Sanders and their children are surrounded by journalists after they voted at El Paso Community College-Rio Grande Campus on Election Day November 06, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. In Texas, O'Rourke is in a surprisingly tight contest against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the state's U.S. Senate race. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
EL PASO, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), his wife Amy Sanders (R) and their children Henry, Ulysses and Molly walk back home after voting at El Paso Community College-Rio Grande Campus on Election Day November 06, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. In Texas, O'Rourke is in a surprisingly tight contest against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the state's U.S. Senate race. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
EL PASO, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX), his wife Amy Sanders and their children leave their neighborhood polling place after voting at El Paso Community College-Rio Grande Campus on Election Day November 06, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. In Texas, O'Rourke is in a surprisingly tight contest against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the state's U.S. Senate race. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
EL PASO, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) and his children Molly (L) and Ulysses leave their neighborhood polling place after voting at El Paso Community College-Rio Grande Campus on Election Day November 06, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. In Texas, O'Rourke is in a surprisingly tight contest against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the state's U.S. Senate race. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Texas US Senate candidate Beto ORourke (R) walks with his wife, Amy Hoover Sanders, and his three children, Ulysses, 11 (3rd L); Henry, 7 (L); and Molly, 10, to the El Paso, Texas, Community College-Rio Grande Campus to vote in the US midterm elections on November 6, 2018. - Americans started voting Tuesday in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of US President Donald Trump's controversial presidency, with control of Congress at stake. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images)
Texas US Senate candidate Beto ORourke (R) walks with his wife, Amy Hoover Sanders, and his three children, Ulysses, 11 (3rd L); Henry, 7 (L); and Molly, 10, to the El Paso, Texas, Community College-Rio Grande Campus to vote in the US midterm elections on November 6, 2018. - Americans started voting Tuesday in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of US President Donald Trump's controversial presidency, with control of Congress at stake. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images)
EL PASO, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 06: U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) and his children Molly (L) and Ulysses leave their neighborhood polling place after voting at El Paso Community College-Rio Grande Campus on Election Day November 06, 2018 in El Paso, Texas. In Texas, O'Rourke is in a surprisingly tight contest against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the state's U.S. Senate race. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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O’Rourke didn’t seem to care as he spoke Tuesday, visibly exhausted and emotional.

“I love you more than words can express, and that love will persist every day going forward, making sure whatever we have created and changed, and all of us will decide what that means and how far it goes, that it leads to something far greater than what we have today and that everything one of us continues to believe and made possible the greatness of the United States of America,” O’Rourke said. “I am honored to have been able to do this with you and grateful. We will see you down the road.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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