WASHINGTON — Ask Rep. Beto O’Rourke what his election to the Senate would mean for Texas’ business community, and he has a long answer.

Better workforce training. Universal pre-K. Increased access to higher education. No more government shutdowns. A fix to the nation’s immigration system, including citizenship for young Texans brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Fierce pushback against tariffs.

“Having a stable, predictable government that’s focused on investments in communities and people is good for us all,” he said. "Certainly, it's good for small business."

Ask O’Rourke why, then, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Association of Business and many top Texas companies are backing incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, and he has a short answer.

“I don’t know,” the El Paso Democrat said, grinning with puzzlement.