Democrats Set Sights On Unseating Ted Cruz

By on December 14, 2017
Democrats are going after Sen. Ted Cruz.

Energized from their victory in Alabama on Tuesday night, Democrats now believe they have a chance to gain a seat in another unlikely place.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) appears to be vulnerable based on polling data, given that Texans had a better view of Roy Moore than they do of their own Senator. Matty Glesias breaks down the numbers.

Cruz’s challenger didn’t waste much time after Tuesday night’s win by Jones. The Houston Chronicle reports that he hit up donor inboxes shortly after the victory in an attempt to energize support for his own campaign.

Minutes after Democrat Doug Jones was declared the winner Tuesday night in Alabama, El Paso Democrat Beto O’Rourke had a fundraising email out to his supporters explaining why Cruz, the freshman Republican from Houston, is going to be the next to lose a once-safe Senate seat.

“If you weren’t sure if our campaign to take on Ted Cruz was possible, you have to know it is now,” the email declares. “Next stop, Texas 2018.”

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro called out Cruz in a Tuesday night tweet as well, warning that he should be “very afraid” for his seat.

Cruz unsuccessfully ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 in which he feuded with the eventual winner, Donald Trump, over the real estate mogul’s insults toward his family. That hasn’t stopped him from walking lock-step with Trump’s agenda under the new administration, though. And given that he isn’t even as popular as Roy Moore in his own state, there could be trouble for Cruz brewing in next year’s election.

The real question is whether or not the GOP will be able to self-correct and run a competent campaign in a state they should most certainly win, or if the president will continue to undermine their political efforts and open more doors for Democrats to take even more Congressional seats away.