Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Texas) said on Tuesday he is “absolutely” concerned about the prospect of high Democratic turnout in Texas for the midterm elections in November.
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“The extreme left is energized and angry, and it makes it all the important for conservatives to show up in November,” Cruz told CNN’s Manu Raju.
Cruz, who is up for reelection this year, said in a separate interview on Monday with talk show host Hugh Hewitt that the Texas could potentially turn blue in November if conservatives stay home on Election Day.
“We could end up with a Speaker Pelosi and a [Senate] Majority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Schumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases rise Schumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’ MORE. In Texas, if conservatives stay home, if we rest on our laurels, we could see Texas turn blue,” the senator said.
“We could see every statewide office in the state becoming a Democrat. Now that’s long been a Democrat pipe dream. I don’t believe it’s going to happen. But the best way to make sure it doesn’t happen is for conservatives to show up,” he said.
Texas will hold its congressional primaries on Tuesday.
Cruz will likely face off in the November election against Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE, a Democrat from El Paso who has emerged as a fundraising force.
O’Rourke raised $2.3 million in the first six weeks of 2018, compared to Cruz’s $800,000 over the same time period.
A January poll from the left-leaning End Citizens United group showed Cruz leading O’Rourke by 8 points — a low margin in a state that has long been a stronghold for the GOP.
Democrats have experienced a groundswell of enthusiasm across the country during President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s first year in office and hope that will carry them to big gains at the ballot box nationwide, including in red-leaning states like Texas.
The Dallas Morning News reported that Democratic turnout has doubled in the state’s 15 most populous counties since the 2014 midterm elections.