In Texas Senate Showdown, Beto O’Rourke Faces Off Against Ted Cruz

FILE PHOTOS: U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke (L) and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R) REUTERS/Sergio Flores/File Photos

Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke faces a key test on Tuesday when he faces off in his second debate with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, as recent opinion polls show the Republican incumbent pulling away from his liberal challenger for the Texas seat.

O’Rourke has captured national attention and set a Senate fund-raising record with $38 million in third-quarter donations, more than triple Cruz’s.

Democrats nationally have seen the race as a chance at one of the two seats they need to win in congressional elections on Nov.6 to take a majority in the Senate and more effectively counter President Donald Trump.

But a series of recent polls showing the first-term incumbent Cruz with a solid lead suggests the national enthusiasm reflected in media profiles and donations may not be as strong in Republican-leaning Texas, which has not elected a Democratic U.S. Senator in three decades.

That leaves the San Antonio debate, which will be broadcast live throughout the state, as a key opportunity for former punk rocker O’Rourke to convince Texans of his message.

Cruz has painted O’Rourke, who favors a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, opposes building a wall along the border with Mexico, and supports some gun-control measures, as too radical for Texas.

O’Rourke has blasted Cruz for supporting massive deportations of illegal immigrants. He has also criticized Cruz for supporting Trump’s trade policies, which he said have hurt the Texas economy.

The momentum may have turned in Cruz’s favor since the two squared off in Dallas last month, against the backdrop of the debate over Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

At the time, Cruz argued for swift confirmation of the lifetime position, while O’Rourke joined a chorus of Democrats calling for an FBI investigation into accusations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted another student while he was in high school.

Following raucous hearings, Kavanaugh was confirmed early this month in a 50-48 vote that firmly solidified the court’s 5-4 conservative majority.

Trump and Senate campaign leaders have trumpeted that victory, and plans to nominate more conservatives to lower tiers of the federal court system, in an effort to drum up stronger turnout by Republican voters.

(Reporting by Scott Malone, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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1ntrepid
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WTF? Get a grip, Chandra.

Chandra Kelly
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Reminder: Sunday, November 4th, 2018, you are invited to watch truthandliberty.net at 6 pm – 8 pm eastern time: The Event hosted by Andrew Wommack’s Ministries with Andrew Wommack (Conservative Evangelist, Founder of Andrew Wommack Ministry and Charis Bible College) Gov. Mike Huckabee (Conservative politician, Christian Minster, and Author) Tony… Read more »

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1ntrepid
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1ntrepid

Notifications still aren’t working right. They work better than before, but only a few are coming through, not all. If I miss any, it isn’t on purpose.

Morte206
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Morte206

Responses are coming back weird too. Like the one you made to a post of mine yesterday. I was notified but when I tried to read it it was gone. Then this morning it finally appeared.

1ntrepid
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1ntrepid

O’Rourke had better come out swinging, this time. If he wants Cruz’s job then he has to get nasty just like a Republican would.

Azog1321
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Azog1321

yep you are right the left always considers the truth nasty.

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