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Home | News | Election Center: Vote2018 | Report: Trump official says U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz Could Lose to U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during U.S. Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on September 4, 2018. | photo courtesy REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Report: Trump official says U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz Could Lose to U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke

President Donald Trump’s budget chief said Saturday that Republican U.S. Sen Ted Cruz could lose his seat in the November elections, suggesting that he is not likable enough, The New York Times reported.

According to the Times report, Mick Mulvaney, the leader of the Office of Management and Budget and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said at a closed-door meeting with Republican donors in New York City that he did not believe in the existence of a “blue wave” of Democrats overtaking many Republican-held seats but that Cruz may be in trouble.

“There’s a very real possibility we will win a race for Senate in Florida and lose a race in Texas for Senate, O.K.?” Mulvaney said, according to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by the Times. “I don’t think it’s likely, but it’s a possibility. How likable is a candidate? That still counts.”

Cruz, who’s held the Senate seat since 2013, is facing U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat, in the November election. O’Rourke has outraised Cruz so far, and recent polls have put the two almost neck and neck.

To further his point on a candidate’s likability, Mulvaney mentioned last year’s special election for Senate in Alabama, when Republican Roy Moore, a former judge accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, lost to his Democratic opponent.

The story on Mulvaney’s comments was published while Cruz was holding a campaign event in Humble. Speaking with reporters afterward, he said he had not seen the articles yet and thus did not have an immediate comment.

Patrick Svitek contributed to this report.

Author: JOLIE MCCULLOUGH – The Texas Tribune

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2 comments

  1. #MAGA = MUELLER AIN'T GOING AWAY!

    Ted Cruz, like Donald Trump is all about negative campaigning! false TV ads and a bunch of wopper lies!
    In 2010 I moved back to El Paso and I have never seen Ted Cruz visit El Paso till he found out that congressman Beto O’Rourke was running for his senate seat.Ted Cruz has visited El Paso about 6 times now, and he has asked Donald Trump to come to Texas to campaign for him.
    Whether you believe in the existence of a blue wave or not is up to you,but republicans are in for a rude awakening in the midterm elections.
    But on November 6 2018 we are going to restore decency to the white house and remove many republicans out of office from Washington D.C. and in many state offices.
    So Ted Cruz has been in office since 2013 and what accomplishments has he accomplished? Attempting to roll back Obamacare,and throw millions of Texans under the bus with no affordable health insurance.
    Shutting the federal government for two weeks costing taxpayers over $26 billion dollars in taxes.
    BTW! Ted Cruz gets all of his campaign funds from Corporations, Super PACS!
    Club for growth and Ted Cruz are all Lies Lies Lies!
    A Blue Wave in 2018 and a BLUE TSUNAMI IN 2020!
    IMPEACH TRUMP!

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