News

Elections

Ted Cruz: ‘Game Over’ if GOP Loses ‘Hotly Contested’ Texas

Sen. Ted Cruz (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday cautioned the GOP against being overconfident about its chances of holding Texas, saying he believes the state’s 38 electoral votes will be “hotly contested” in 2020.

Cruz made the prediction at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, adding that he expected to see “record-shattering” Democratic turnout next year.

“If we lose Texas, it’s game over,” Cruz said. “I don’t believe Texas will turn blue, but central to that is we’re going to have to work to communicate and turn people out.”

The Texas senator said that he believes Trump and Texas’s other senator, John Cornyn, who is up for reelection next year, will win the state, but have to run a “serious race.”

During the nail biter that was former Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke’s failed challenge to Cruz in 2018, “the Democrats in Texas increased their turnout more than 100 percent,” Cruz said.

“Beto O’Rourke raised over $80 million against us and outspent us three to one,” Cruz said. Cruz was victorious over O’Rourke by a meager 2.6 percentage points.

“I think the Texas election in 2018 is powerful foreshadowing for what to expect across the country in 2020,” Cruz said. “The far left is pissed off, they hate the president and that is a powerful motivator. If the left shows up in massive numbers and everybody else doesn’t that’s how we end up with an incredibly damaging election.”

Cruz also warned that Republicans who compromise too much on gun-control measures could turn off voters who prioritize Second Amendment rights and hand the presidential election to a Democrat. About 35.7 percent of Texans are gun owners, just above the national average of 29.1 percent

“If Republicans abandon the Second Amendment and demoralize millions of Americans who care deeply about Second Amendment rights that could go a long way to electing a president Elizabeth Warren,” Cruz said.

Most Popular

White House

The Trivialization of Impeachment

We have a serious governance problem. Our system is based on separation of powers, because liberty depends on preventing any component of the state from accumulating too much authority -- that’s how tyrants are born. For the system to work, the components have to be able to check each other: The federal and ... Read More
U.S.

‘Texodus’ Bodes Badly for Republicans

‘I am a classically trained engineer," says Representative Will Hurd, a Texas Republican, "and I firmly believe in regression to the mean." Applying a concept from statistics to the randomness of today's politics is problematic. In any case, Hurd, 42, is not waiting for the regression of our politics from the ... Read More
Elections

In Defense of Tulsi

Some years ago, a liberal-minded friend of mine complained during lunch that Fox News was “stealing” his elderly parents. “They should be enjoying retirement,” he said, noting that they live in a modest but comfortable style with attentive children and grandchildren to enjoy. “But instead,” he sighed, ... Read More
Culture

Not Less Religion, Just Different Religion

The Pew Poll tells us that society is secularizing -- particularly among the young -- and who can deny it? That is one reason that the free expression of religion is under such intense pressure in the West. But it seems to me that we aren't really becoming less religious. Rather, many are merely changing that ... Read More