Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas joins ‘The Daily Briefing’ to discuss his reelection bid and the outlook for both parties.
Sen. Ted Cruz started raising warnings about his home state of Texas over a year ago.
The conservative senator, who narrowly won reelection in 2018 over then-Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, predicted Texas would be “hotly contested” in the 2020 presidential election.
And spotlighting the potential challenges President Trump faced in winning the Lone State again, Cruz stressed at the state Republican convention this summer that “this is a real race.”
Fast forward to present day – and it appears to be game on in Texas.
The Cook Report, a leading nonpartisan political handicapper, this week changed its rating of the state from Lean Republican to Toss Up. The most recent polls indicate Trump with a slight edge over Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden that's within the margin of error.
It’s been nearly half a century since a Democrat won Texas in a presidential election — you’ve got to go back to then-former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter in 1976.
But the longtime ruby red state has become more competitive in recent years.
While the Biden campaign’s invested some money in Texas, it’s far short of the cash and resources it’s shelling out in the more traditional battlegrounds. But Biden’s getting some outside help. On Tuesday, billionaire Mike Bloomberg announced that he’d spend $15 million in the last week to go up with ads on behalf of the former vice president in Texas and Ohio.
Longtime Republican Sen. John Cornyn, who’s facing his own difficult reelection this year against Democrat M.J. Hegar, told Fox News this week that the election results in Texas “will be much closer than traditionally it's been.”
Cornyn, in an interview Tuesday on "The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino," said Democrats “are getting a little bit of a boost” from the surge of last-minute outside money flooding into the state. Cornyn pointed out that Republicans are “being outspent about two-to-one right now.”
But Trump’s reelection campaign has repeatedly dismissed the possibility that Texas could flip from red to blue. Rick Perry, the former longtime GOP governor of the state who served as Energy secretary in the Trump administration, on Sunday told reporters that Texas was “not a battleground state.”
And Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told Fox News that “President Trump is going to win Texas again. Amongst votes already cast, the president leads by a very comfortable margin. They are clearly sending Harris to Texas as only a head fake because she loses votes for Biden when she goes into actual swing states.”
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