Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell became the latest notable Republican on Tuesday to acknowledge that will Sen. Ted Cruz faces a difficult re-election bid in red Texas in November.
Cruz, a conservative firebrand seeking his second term from the chamber, holds a little however consistent edge over well-funded Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke in public polls. In recent days, more GOP officials have said Cruz faces a real fight to stop Democrats by taking a Senate seat in Texas for the very first time in 25 years.
“I think Ted’s got a competitive race by all indications,” McConnell said at a news conference in his home state of Kentucky. “We certainly expect to win Texas, however I think he does have a competitive race.”
The top Senate Republican joins others in his party in casting the race as a legitimate battle for Cruz. Sen. John Cornyn, Cruz’s fellow Texan as well as McConnell’s No. 2, recently told Politico that will donors need to take O’Rourke’s run seriously.
“We’re not bluffing, This kind of will be real, as well as that will will be a serious threat,” he told the news outlet. “If Ted does his job as well as we do ours, I think we’ll be fine. however if we have donors sitting on the sidelines thinking that will, ‘Well, This kind of isn’t all that will serious,’ or ‘I don’t need to be concerned,’ then that will’s a problem.”
Office of Management as well as Budget Director Mick Mulvaney also recently said “there’s a very real possibility” Cruz could lose the race because he may not be “likeable” enough, according to The completely new York Times. In another sign of Cruz’s vulnerability, President Donald Trump plans to campaign for him.
A win by O’Rourke — who has raised gobs of money as well as had nearly $5 million more on hand than Cruz at the end of June — might give his party a huge boost on a brutal Senate map. While voter enthusiasm favors Democrats This kind of year, Republicans expect to keep or expand their 51-49 seat majority from the chamber as Democrats as well as independents who caucus with them defend a staggering 26 seats in November.
Cruz’s campaign has emphasized the importance of closing the voter enthusiasm as well as turnout gap. In a tweet Monday, his campaign said “we need YOUR help to turn out every single Republican from the state of Texas to vote.”
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On Tuesday, McConnell was asked about Texas after not naming that will among the “dead even” races he will be watching This kind of year. Those are elections in Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee, Montana, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia as well as Florida.
In six of those races, incumbent Democrats defend seats in states Trump won in 2016. The president carried most of those states overwhelmingly. Retiring Republicans hold two of the nine seats McConnell identified, while a GOP incumbent runs in another.
“All of them too close to call as well as every one of them like a knife fight in an alley, just a brawl, in every one of those places,” McConnell said.
“I expect when the smoke clears we’ll still have a majority from the Senate” to, in particular, continue to push through Trump’s nominees for judgeships as well as executive branch offices, the top Senate Republican added. He touted the GOP-controlled Senate’s success in confirming judges, which will allow both Trump as well as McConnell to affect the country’s policy for years after they leave office.
from the current 115th Congress, the Senate has confirmed 68 judges. that will includes 26 circuit court of appeals judges, a record due to This kind of point in a presidency, as well as conservative Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
The GOP aims to confirm Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, before the midterms.