Sen. Ted Cuz (R-Texas) is warning Republicans that his state could go blue during Novemberâ€™s presidential election.
Even though Texas hasnâ€™t voted for a Democrat for president since 1976, former Vice President Joe BidenÂ currently has a 0.7 percentage point edge over President Donald Trump, according to the latest FiveThirtyEight polling average.
â€œTexas is in play,â€ Cruz warned, per The Dallas Morning News. â€œThe whole country is divided right now and the hard left is angry.â€Â
Cruz also predicted that Trump would ultimately win the state. He accompanied the president to Texas on Wednesday, where Trump held a fundraiser and did a photo op at an oil rig.
On Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle editorial board warned Trump that he was in danger of losing the state. But the newspaper didnâ€™t blame the â€œhard left.â€Â Rather, it said the switch would be due to the presidentâ€™s failures on the coronavirus pandemic.Â
â€œThe signs are pointing to a level of disenchantment in the state that canâ€™t be addressed by a photo-op on an oil rig,â€ the newspaper stated. â€œThe hashtag #TrumpKillsTexas began trending on Tuesday just ahead of the presidential visit.â€
The progressive PAC MeidasTouch, which has launched a six-figure ad buy in Texas, devised the hashtag:
Cruz raised a similar alarm for his party ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, suggesting Republicans could lose the House and even the Senate. At the time, he warned of â€œhistoric turnout from the extreme left.â€Â
The Democrats took the House but did not take the Senate.Â
Cruz himself faced an unexpected challenge in the deep-red state that year. He ultimately defeated Democratic candidate Beto Oâ€™Rourke by 2.6 percentage points in the closest Senate race in the state in decades.Â
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