Beto O’Rourke will be the blue wave’s bellwether

Matthew Sheffield

One congressional race that is likely to be a leading indicator of how well or poorly Democrats perform in the November midterm elections is the Senate contest between Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) in the conservative state of Texas, according to political analyst Bill Schneider.

“The candidate to watch in this election is Beto O’Rourke,” Schneider, a former CNN political analyst who now teaches at George Mason University, said Tuesday on “What America’s Thinking.”

“If he beats Ted Cruz in Texas, which hasn’t elected a Democrat since 1994, he will be on the next Democratic ticket—maybe as vice president, maybe even as president,” said Schneider, who also said there are “just so many tight races, and it’s not clear yet how big this wave is going to be and how strong it’ll be around the country.”

O’Rourke has his work cut out for him in his attempt to unseat Cruz. In a poll released last week by Quinnipiac University, Cruz was ahead by 9 points among likely voters.

The senator’s lead was 4 points in a survey released Sept. 12 by a Dallas CBS affiliate which found that 20 percent of likely voters had not decided who to back. That poll also showed Cruz had less support than his fellow Republican, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who had the backing of 53 percent of respondents compared to Cruz’s 40 percent.

Cruz and O’Rourke faced off in their first televised debate last Friday and are scheduled to have two debates before the Nov. 6 election.

Blitz correspondent: There is very slim hope for Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) winning the Texas seat as Sen. Ted Cruz enjoys much popularity and acceptability. During 6 November 2018, Sen. Ted Cruze will win with a reasonably larger margin.

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