While Ted Cruz has been a Republican senator in Texas since 2013, he really caught the public’s attention when he announced that he was set to run in the 2016 presidential election. During his campaign Cruz raised a lot of attention, especially on social media, but not for his policies and campaign. Cruz was more recognized for his odd mannerisms and behaviors, with the majority of Americans deciding that Ted Cruz was not someone they were a huge fan of.
Ted Cruz’ awkward behavior even prompted a popular conspiracy theory that he was the uncaught serial killer, known as the Zodiac killer.
That being said, it would be easy to assume that Cruz would be easy to beat if challenged for his seat in the Senate, however, this may not be the case. The last time a Democrat won a Texas Senate election was in 1988. However, it seems that one man may be up for the challenge of attempting to win a Senate seat in a state dominated by Republicans.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who has served in Congress since 2013, announced in March that he intended to challenge Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018.
That promise has now become official, as on Monday Rep. O’Rourke filed to challenge Cruz in next year’s Senate election, alongside local and state Democratic leaders.
‘Today’s filing is not only a chance to recommit ourselves to this critical race, but to recommit to running it in the right way: being present, accountable, candid, transparent and powering each step of the way by people, not PACs.’
In the eight months since initially announcing his bid, O’Rourke has held 85 public events across Texas and visited more than 155 counties. O’Rourke stated that he will spend the majority of December traveling around Texas, and plans to visit 30 counties before the holidays.
Since deciding to enter the race, O’Rourke has raised nearly $2.8 million, according to reports that were filed with the Federal Election Commision. Despite this large sum of money, O’Rourke has his work cut out for him if he wants to catch up to Cruz, who has earned nearly twice as much, with $5.7 million.
O’Rourke had gained an endorsement from the national progressive group Change Campaign Committee when he first announced he’d be running and has gathered other support since March. However, Democrats have a rough time ahead of them, as they need to defend 10 seats in states which Trump carried. This may put fundraising for Texas’s Senate seat on the back burner, as it is not a major priority for Democrats at this time.
With the political climate being what it is since President Trump took office, there is still a fighting chance for the underdog to come out on top. O’Rourke urged Texans to join his campaign team, and help him on his path to win the Texas Senate seat. So far the reactions to O’Rourke’s announcement have been overwhelmingly positive, with many giving him their vote already.
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