Republican Senator Ted Cruz might have a real fight on his hands. There’s a Democratic challenger in Texas and the red state resistance to Donald Trump and the GOP is picking up steam.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) now has a Democratic challenger in the 2018 Senate race in Texas, after Rep. Beto O’Rourke announced that he would step up to the plate.
O’Rourke is a three-term congressman from El Paso, and as the Wall Street Journal notes, “His entry in the race against a heavily favored incumbent is the latest sign Democrats feel emboldened under GOP President Donald Trump.”
According to Politico, the Democrats are planning to spend $100,000,000 to defeat Ted Cruz.
From their report:
Facing a grim midterm map, Democrats are desperately trying to put enough GOP-held seats in play to take advantage of Donald Trump’s unpopularity and carve a credible path back to Senate control. The odds are so long that Democrats must pin their hopes on taking out Ted Cruz in the reliably conservative bastion of Texas.
Their first ray of hope is the entry of three-term Rep. Beto O’Rourke — a 44-year-old former hard rock musician and internet entrepreneur who speaks fluent Spanish — into the race on Friday. Though Cruz is universally known, Democrats insist he’s not invincible, pointing to the first-term Republican’s poor polling numbers and prolonged focus on running for president.
And they say O’Rourke is formidable enough that they can make a case to donors that they actually have a shot at winning the state — and the Senate overall.
Republicans acknowledge that eventually Democrats will be competitive in Texas if the GOP doesn’t do a better job of courting minority voters. But they say a $100 million race against Cruz — the amount Democrats estimate they’ll need to spend — won’t cut it.
“I know Beto. And he’s a good guy. But I think this is a suicide mission,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, another Texan and a two-time chairman of the party’s Senate campaign arm. “We haven’t elected a Democrat statewide since … 1994.”
The Democratic party is dying and they will do anything they can to become relevant again. Republicans need to start saving money so they can later get out their checkbooks to make sure a nail is put in the Democrats coffin.