United States Senator Ted Cruz of Texas came close to winning the Republican nomination for president in 2016. However, he is now in a tight race for his seat in the Senate that he wasn’t expecting.
A new poll has been released by Quinnipiac University that shows the race between Cruz and his challenger to be within the poll’s margin of error. Cruz has 47 percent of the vote, and his Democratic opponent has 44 percent of the vote according to the poll.
Ted Cruz is being challenged by Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke currently serves as a US Representative for the 16th district in Texas. This district includes much of the city of El Paso. Before becoming a member of the US House of Representatives, Beto O’Rourke was a member of the El Paso City Council.
The new polling numbers are quite a surprise to most political observers. Texas is one of the most conservative and Republican states in the United States. There hasn’t been a Democrat in the US Senate from the state of Texas for several years. The last was Senator Lloyd Bentsen who was the running mate for Michael Dukakis when he was the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1988.
There are a few reasons that have been brought forward as to why O’Rourke might be doing well at this point. Independents in the poll did not favor Senator Cruz. They found his positions to be too conservative. Some republican voters are still upset with Cruz because he did not endorse President Trump right away. Others point out that many surveyed simply do not like Senator Cruz on a personal level.
The Democrats and Beto O’Rourke shouldn’t get too excited just yet. Beto O’Rourke is still not that well known to most Texas voters. Support for Cruz may rise when voters learn that Beto O’Rourke has a very liberal voting record that is not in keeping with many in the state of Texas.