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Ted Cruz vs. Beto O'Rourke: Senate showdown set after Texas primary


Cruz said Wednesday his campaign was "just having a sense of humor" with a radio ad mocking O'Rourke as a liberal who wants to take Texans' guns - and for using the nickname Beto. Mr O'Rourke won the Democratic primary that same night, and will be competing to unseat Mr Cruz this November. "They are angry. They hate the president", Cruz said.

Cruz easily won 85% of the Republican vote, while O'Rourke secured his party's nomination with about 62% of the Democratic vote. He said he's organized town halls "in virtually every community in the state of Texas" since being elected but he now focuses on policy and defending the president - a departure from the fiery days of 2012 or 2016. "We're seeing that in the fundraising numbers for Democrats all across the country; we're seeing that in turnout", Cruz said on CNN Wednesday morning. But, as with the last election, they missed the mark.

Should Republicans be anxious about losing more ground to Democrats?

Mackowiak, the Republican operative, said despite Democratic enthusiasm, the better-known, and likely better-funded Cruz heads into the general election as the prohibitive favorite.

Democrats believe they have a chance to flip the seats now held by Reps. He recalled how almost every top Texas Republican opposed him in 2012 but he still upset better-known and better-funded Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican primary for Senate.

O'Rourke could have a challenge in Texas, though, when it comes to Second Amendment rights.

"O'Rourke is now in a race to define himself to Texas voters before Ted Cruz does it for him", said former El Paso Times Editor Bob Moore, adding that O'Rourke will need to swarm Texas and its 20 different media markets, with upwards of $20 million and with little time. One of those races will include Laura Moser, who advanced to a runoff despite being attacked by her own party establishment as being too liberal to win a general election.

With O'Rourke leading the Democratic field as primary ballots are counted, the two could be headed for a faceoff in November. That being said in Texas last night, we had a strong turnout for conservatives.

Jim Dean, chair of Democracy for America, said Democrats can win if they nominate candidates cut from the same cloth as Mrs. Moser and Ms. Jones.

After weeks of speculation over increased Democratic early voting turnout in the Texas primaries, polls in the state finally closed on the evening of Tuesday, March 6.