Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke continue to go blow for blow in this no holes barred Texas Senate race. As we began the 2018 election cycle, it definitely appeared that Ted Cruz would have an easy time defeating Beto O’Rourke simply because he was up by double digits. However, as early as July it was reported by End Citizens United that Beto O’Rourke was closing the gap with Ted Cruz, whose lead had actually narrowed to just eight points in a summer poll. Although there are other races that are a more likely pick up for the Democrats, the fact that Beto O’Rourke has made it such a close race in Texas has definitely put the wind in the sails of the Democrats and groups such as End Citizens United.
Basically, Ted Cruz is getting in his own way. When it comes to Beto O’Rourke, most Texans polled seem to indicate that they do not know enough about him to form an opinion of him either way. On the other hand, Ted Cruz is viewed by many in a continually unfavorable light. Most polls show Cruz at about 49% unfavorable and only 38% favorable. This is because Cruz has built a reputation as a senator who only cares about his own interest and not the interests of his constituents. Read more about the group on Wikipedia.
Could it be that it is this reputation of Ted Cruz that is leading to his dropping lead in the polls? Some seem to think so. One strong example of Ted Cruz putting petty politics ahead of good of the people will be when he helped to force a government shutdown that left thousands of government workers on an extended vacation of unpaid leave.
Moreover, Beto O’Rourke exemplifies the attributes that End Citizens United wants to promote. You see, End Citizens United wants to return to a time where political candidates were not ruled by special interests but they were ruled by the means of the people. The fact that Beto O’Rourke is a charismatic speaker only helps the situation as well. Simply put, End Citizens United realizes that Beto O’Rourke is not only a top-notch candidate but he is also a top-notch person. Unlike Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke would definitely listen to the people first and foremost.