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Trouble Deep in the Heart? Cruz Getting Help from White House, Outside Groups

A string of closer-than-expected polls has spurred Republicans to come to the Texas senator’s aid.

By NTK Staff | 09.10.2018 @9:15am
Trouble Deep in the Heart? Cruz Getting Help from White House, Outside Groups

The cavalry is coming for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). According to a new report from Politico, the Texas senator is about to get help from not just the White House, but potentially a bevy of outside groups.

Cruz is facing El Paso-area Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) in this year’s Senate race. While O’Rourke has gained an inordinate amount of press attention, it’s a string of recent polls that have some GOP operatives worried about Cruz’s reelection chances.

The RealClearPolitics polling average gives Cruz a 4.4-point edge over O’Rourke. But the two most recent polls, one conducted by Emerson and the other by NBC News/Marist, showed Cruz with just one-point and four-point advantages, respectively.

That’s a little too close for comfort for GOP leaders. President Trump announced via Twitter last month that he would travel to Texas in October to host a rally for Cruz:

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the senior senator from Texas and the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said the issue is donor-related.

“We’re not bluffing, this is real, and it is a serious threat,” Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said in an interview. “If Ted does his job and we do ours, I think we’ll be fine. But if we have donors sitting on the sidelines thinking that, ‘Well, this isn’t all that serious,’ or ‘I don’t need to be concerned,’ then that’s a problem.”

To remedy the issue, Cornyn is hosting a fundraising event for Cruz in Washington, D.C. in October.

But perhaps the most effective tool at Cruz’s disposal would be the activation of a series of outside groups. At the moment, these groups are only “considering” jumping in the Senate race in Texas. But if they do, they could help blanket the massive Lone Star State in ads and volunteers.

A handful of other well-funded groups are considering joining the effort, including the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, the Mitch McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund, the newly formed Senate Reform Fund, and Ending Spending, …. Some of the groups have been in touch with one another as they weigh their next moves and try to determine how much their help is needed.

Debate season could be another opportunity for Cruz to solidify his lead. His background as a lawyer and debater is sure to come in handy against O’Rourke, who is untested in those forums thus far.

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