As you know, the race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke has gotten closer in the last couple months.
Cruz has always maintained that he would take his election race against O’Rourke seriously, and he’s doing just that by calling in the big guns to campaign for him sometime this fall:
THE HILL – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked President Trump to campaign for him in his Senate race against Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas).
Cruz told The Houston Chronicle during a campaign stop in Seguin, Texas, on Monday that he had contacted Trump and that he would “welcome” the president’s support.
“I hope to see him in Texas,” Cruz told the Chronicle. “I think we are likely to see the president down in Texas before the election.”
The former White House hopeful admitted that his relationship with Trump has had its “ups and downs,” specifically during the 2016 Republican presidential primary. But Cruz told the Chronicle that he has been working closely with the administration.
“We’re talking to the White House every week, sometimes every day,” Cruz said. “I’ve been proud to lead the effort to bring Republicans together.”
Just to point this out, in the last Texas Quinnipiac poll of registered voters, Trump had an 84% approval rate among Republicans with an overall approval rate of 46%. Democrats, of course, hate Trump with a 94% disapproval rating.
Now as I’ve said, I don’ think Cruz is really in danger of losing this race. His average right now is +6.5 and I think that’s going to increase once we see more polls switching to Likely Voter models. So does he really need Trump’s help? Probably not.
But it probably won’t hurt and I’m always glad to see Cruz doing what it takes to win. He’s repeatedly pointed out that Democrats will be energized and he’s treating this race like it’s going down to the wire.