While Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s rise is commendable, Republican Ted Cruz will almost certainly be re-elected as Texas Senator, writes Harry Enten of CNN. In these kinds of races, the early favorite has historically come out on top in the vast majority of cases. While Texas is becoming more aligned with the Democratic party than in the past, it is unlikely to go all the way. The last Democratic senator won in 1988, and the last governor in 1990. No other state in the US has been so staunchly Republican. This will be key in deciding who wins between O’Rourke and Ted Cruz. It would be a major upset if the Democrat were to become Senator in November.
Ted Cruz’s lead over Beto O’Rourke in the race to become Senator of Texas is rapidly disappearing, reports Josh Voorhees of Slate. The Republican’s lead has been reduced to as little as 2% according to some polls. Previously unthinkable in such a conservative state, Democrat O’Rourke has proven immensely popular. He is also highly successful at raising funds, acquiring $10.6 million compared to the $4.6 million that Cruz got in the latest round of fundraisers. Having spent less so far, O'Rourke has a sizable war chest for his campaign. Meanwhile, Cruz agreeing to several debates with O’Rourke indicates that he is getting nervous.