Despite raking in a staggering $38 million in just three months, Texas Democratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke is down against Sen. Ted Cruz in new polls released this week; setting the stage for a last-minute showdown heading into the 2018 midterms.
The new survey published by the New York Times Thursday night has O’Rourke down a surprising 8-points against the incumbent GOP Senator; raising serious questions over the Democratic Party’s dream of turning Texas blue.
“Mr. Cruz was ahead by eight percentage points, 51 percent to 43 percent, in the poll of 800 registered voters, which had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points. About 5 percent of voters said they were undecided or declined to say whom they would vote for,” states the poll.
“Though a Democrat has not won statewide office in Texas since 1994, the party has pinned its hopes on Mr. O’Rourke’s long-shot bid, betting that a breakthrough in this solidly red state can help power Democrats to an unlikely Senate majority,” adds the article.
Read the full survey at the New York Times.
TIGHT IN TEXAS: Beto Smashes All Fundraising Records, Raises $38 Million
Texas Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke’s campaign is riding high heading into the 2018 midterm elections; smashing all fundraising records and raking-in over $38 million in just three months in his efforts to replace Sen. Ted Cruz.
According to Dallas News, the progressive candidate “raised an astonishing $38.1 million in three months, as Democrats in Texas and nationwide showered him with donations for his bid to oust Sen. Ted Cruz.
The funds surpassed all previous records for fundraising donations in Senate history.
The whopping $38 million is more than triple the cash raised by Cruz in the same period; with the sitting Senator taking in $12 million.
“The people of Texas in all 254 counties are proving that when we reject PACs and come together not as Republicans or Democrats but as Texans and Americans, there’s no stopping us,” O’Rourke said.
Read the full story here.
TIGHT IN TEXAS: New Poll Shows Beto O’Rourke Taking the Lead Over Ted Cruz
A new poll published Wednesday shows Democrat Beto O’Rourke with a razor thin edge over Sen. Ted Cruz in the high-stakes showdown in Texas; raising serious questions over whether the GOP can retain control of Congress this November.
According to a new survey from Reuters, O’Rourke leads Cruz by just two points with a slight edge of 47% to 45%. The poll contains a margin of error of four percentage points.
The Reuter’s poll defies a similar study released by Quinnipiac University on Tuesday that showed Cruz opening a wide 9-point advantage over O’Rourke.
“Larry Sabato, director of the U.Va. Center for Politics, said Cruz’s feuds with Trump during the 2016 presidential election tarnished his reputation with some Texas Republicans,” writes the Washington Examiner.
The President announced his plans to campaign for Cruz in the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterms; vowing to stump for his former rival to help retain control of the Senate this November.