Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been despised by the people of the U.S. for a very long time. He has very few friends in the senate, and truth be told, most senators just wish he’d go away. His Green Eggs and Ham debacle while filibustering in the senate was a national embarrassment to Republicans everywhere, and something he should never be allowed to live down. He’s been more trouble maker than statesman, and anyone with eyes can see it. That’s why today’s news concerning Cruz’s troubles in Texas has been so splendid.
The Texas Tribune reported today that Cruz’s November opponent, U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso), has just about pulled even with him in the polls. A new Quinnipiac University poll of Texas voters finds 47 percent support Cruz, the Republican incumbent, while 43 percent back O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat. That number falls within the poll’s 3.6 percent margin of error, and is very bad news for Cruz.
A few years ago something like this would have been unheard of. For some strange reason, Texas Republicans liked Cruz and miraculously voted for him, even though it’s obvious he doesn’t have much common sense. He became part of the wave of Tea Party Republicans who came to the senate in 2012 that have done so much damage to this nation’s poorest citizens. It looks like Cruz’s time in the senate could be coming to a swift end, and that’s a relief all the way around.
The Texas Tribune also reported that not only has O’Rourke caught Cruz in the polls, but he’s also raised more than twice as much money as him to boot. Earlier this month O’Rourke reported that his campaign had raised $6.7 million this quarter, which happens to be one of the top quarterly federal fundraising hauls ever, outside of a presidential campaign. He now has $8 million on hand. What’s so impressive about that figure is that unlike Cruz, O’Rourke only has one campaign account and doesn’t accept any PAC money. Cruz has three campaign accounts, including two large PAC’s, and has only raised $3.2 million. Cruz is bought and paid for by special interests, and O’Rourke is not, so it seems like Texans would be smart to send the Democrat to Washington to do their bidding.
The Tribune reported that,
‘Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994. But O’Rourke’s campaign has excited Democrats around the country, in part due to his ability to draw large crowds around Texas, including in some conservative strongholds.’
It looks like the Blue Wave that’s getting ready to damage Republican’s chances in the midterms could come crashing down on Texas, because Quinnipiac’s poll also had some bad news for Donald Trump too. Even he’s underwater in Texas, with 52 percent of respondents disapproving of him and just 43 percent approving of his job performance. That’s incredible news coming from one of the reddest states in the union. It’s almost certain that Democrats will be taking back the House in the next election, but with today’s news about Cruz, is it possible they could even take back the Senate too? For now we’ll all have to wait and see, but we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed that that’s exactly what will happen.
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