Ted Cruz’s Former Campaign Spox Admits Beto O’Rourke Could Beat the Senator in Texas Race
Ted Cruz‘s former strategist admitted on MSNBC on Sunday that the Republican senator does not have the race to win back his Senate seat locked up in red state Texas.
Speaking with Kasie Hunt, Rick Tyler, who served as the national spokesperson for Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign, said that it is possible Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke could pull out a win.
“As the former Cruz strategist, it does seem as though the signs are that Ted Cruz might actually lose this race,” Hunt said to Tyler during a discussion on the midterms.
Tyler replied: “It’s possible—people say no, it’s not possible because again you look at Texas and say ‘it’s a red state and it’s never going to happen,’ but Beto O’Rourke has consistently out-fundraised him two-to-one, and he doesn’t take PAC money.”
He added: “It should be a 10 to 15 point race, it’s not, it’s a zero to four point race. And Beto O’Rourke is running an interesting campaign. He’s grabbed national attention.”
Tyler’s comments come just days after top Trump administration official Mick Mulvaney also said Cruz may lose and suggested it was because he was not all that likable.
“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 likewise casting doubt on Cruz’s chances, according to the New York Times. “I don’t think it’s likely, but it’s a possibility. How likable is a candidate? That still counts.”
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