The Texas Senate race between incumbent Ted Cruz (R) and his challenger, Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D), is a nailbiter. A new Reuters/Ipsos/UVA Center for Politics Poll released on Wednesday shows that Democrats may very well be in their way toward capturing an elusive Senate seat in deep red Texas.
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While most polls have shown Cruz up by single digits over O’Rourke, this new Reuters/Ipsos poll gives O’Rourke a two-point edge over Cruz, 47-45 percent among likely Texas voters. O’Rourke could become the first Democrat to win a statewide race in the Lonestar State in nearly three decades.
Reuters reported that its poll “showed Hispanic voters preferring O’Rourke by about a 2-to-1 margin over Cruz, who is of Cuban heritage.”
Beto +2 in new likely voters poll from Reuters; https://t.co/kFjgocoMPy
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) September 19, 2018
O’Rourke launched his first Spanish television ads on Tuesday in hopes to spur Hispanic voter turnout, which is crucial to a Democratic victory this year and essential if Democrats hope to retake the Senate and turn Texas blue in future presidential elections.
“There’s a possibility it could happen,” Larry Sabato, director of the UVA Center for Politics, said of a possible O’Rourke victory. “I’m not saying probable. But it’s possible.”
Sabato added that Cruz’s feuds with Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race “damaged him with parts of the Texas electorate that he needs for re-election.”
BREAKING: Rep. Beto O'Rourke is Leading Ted Cruz by 2 points according to a poll by Reuters/Ipsos/UVA Center for Politics
THIS IS BIG. Beto O'Rourke Could Win This while running as a Progressive
THIS IS JUST AWESOME
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The Texas Senate poll was one of several released by Reuters/Ipsos on Wednesday, not all of which had good news for Democrats, who need to run the table if they’re going to win back the Senate in November.
While it had O’Rourke slightly up, two other Democratic Senate hopefuls — incumbent Bill Nelson in Florida and Jacky Rosen in Nevada — were slightly down in their Senate races. And the Democratic nominee for Governor of Texas, Lupe Valdez, was faring even worse, down 9 points against Text Governor Rick Abbott. Which makes it all the more impressive that this poll shows such strength for O’Rourke in the Republican stronghold.
Of course, that is just one poll. Just yesterday, in fact, a Quinnipiac poll was released showing Cruz with a nine-point lead over O’Rourke.
Twitter is reminding people that no matter what the polls say, everyone must vote.
Dont worry about polls…..get out and VOTE!
— MiKAel (@JustAGrummp2) September 19, 2018
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