The Dallas Morning News ran a headline earlier this week suggesting that Democratic Presidential candidate failure Beto O’Rourke might be the only chance Texas Democrats have of unseating John Cornyn.
“Beto O’Rourke backers cite poll showing he’d sail through Senate primary; Cornyn wary he’ll heed the call”
“Poll after poll shows Cornyn would trounce the dozen or so contenders for the Democratic nomination at this point,” the story says. “None can touch the near-universal name recognition O’Rourke enjoys among Texas Democrats after his near-miss against Sen. Ted Cruz last year.”
In case you forgot, Beto lost to Ted Cruz in 2018. One thing to note, and this is important, is that the party holding the executive branch (the president) traditionally loses the house during non-presidential election years. The losing party is simply more motivated to show up to the polls after losing the “big one”.
So yes, it was close, but not because Beto was some incredible candidate. Ted Cruz just appeared to be extremely (and I mean EXTREMELY) beatable.
He has since grown on me, thanks to that sweet pioneer beard he’s working with.
Although he did lose his Senate race, and he dropped out of the presidential race, Democrats in Texas still see him as some sort of hero.
“I know there are a lot of folks in Texas who want to see him do it and who have indeed been encouraging him to do it,” said freshman Rep. Veronica Escobar, the El Paso Democrat who replaced him in Congress. “If he runs, I’d support him.”
Why are Democrats so concerned about this race? Well, as The Morning News points out, there isn’t a candidate currently who stands a chance:
Poll after poll shows Cornyn would trounce the dozen or so contenders for the Democratic nomination at this point. None can touch the near-universal name recognition O’Rourke enjoys among Texas Democrats after his near-miss against Sen. Ted Cruz last year.
And a new poll commissioned by backers worried that the current crop of candidates would fall short shows that O’Rourke is by far the top choice of Democratic voters in Texas at 58%, with the runner-up, state Sen. Royce West of Dallas at 13%.
The poll also shows him in a near-tie, trailing Cornyn 46-42 at this point, which is far stronger than others already seeking the nomination.
For the sake of content, I want Beto to run. He won’t win, but he will provide us with a lot of funny soundbites, and I would love to see him do town halls throughout Texas where gun owners show up and start asking him what he’s going to do about it.
Think about the potential! Sure, he could potentially pollute an entire generation of Texans with socialist propaganda, but we will also get to laugh at him as he fails along the way!