Over the past year, since the election of Donald Trump as the United States President, Democratic candidates for political office have been on a tear. They have picked up 34 seats during this time that were held by Republicans, some for many years if not decades. Districts that routinely voted Republican are now voting to elect Democrats. The political action committee End Citizens United recently released the results of a poll they conducted in the state of Texas that shows that even in that very red state the GOP brand is toxic.
The Citizens United poll showed that the Democratic challenger of the Republican Senator Ted Cruz is closing in when it comes to the number of supporters. This race is unlikely to become a focus of national Democratic organizations due to how red Texas is but, nonetheless, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that even there a seat will be flipped blue. The Democratic challenger is Beto O’Rourke and he is polling at 37% support compared to Ted Cruz’s 45%.
When 2018 started, the Cruz campaign said that he was up 18% in the latest polls. A poll conducted by Google during that time frame said that Cruz was up 14%. So just over the course of a month Beto O’Rourke has made remarkable progress and his campaign of change seems to be taking hold among likely voters.
The biggest challenge for Ted Cruz is that he’s Ted Cruz. He’s getting in his own way and most people, even many die-hard Republicans, simply don’t like the guy on any level. Most people in Texas don’t know much of anything about Beto O’Rourke but they’d still rather vote for him over a person as toxic as Ted Cruz. The End Citizens United poll showed that just 61% of voters know what O’Rourke’s views on policies are but many support him over Cruz anyway.
The poll shows that 49% of voters have an unfavorable view of Cruz while just 38% have a favorable one. These views are unlikely to change as he is such a known politician. His numbers aren’t helped by the fact that he rolled over for Trump and supported him despite Trump insulting him and his wife during the presidential campaign.
End Citizens United has paid for polling in a number of contests up for grabs in the midterm elections. They have also endorsed many Democrats who have pledged to do their part to get the big money out of politics which was unleashed by a disastrous Supreme Court Ruling that allowed for unlimited money to be spent on political campaigns. End Citizens United has also denounced many Republicans whose campaigns are awash in money that can’t even be traced to who gave it to them.
For more, please read “End Citizens United PAC wants to make its name a reality.“