Cruz says O'Rourke benefits from liberal fury in Texas: 'That anger is mobilizing'
Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that his opponent in the U.S. Senate race, Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas), has been buoyed by anger among Texas liberals over President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE.
“If you look at the dynamics, we’ve got numbers on our side. There are a lot more conservatives than there are liberals,” Cruz told “60 Minutes” in an interview broadcast Sunday.
“What the O’Rourke campaign has had on their side is intensity,” he continued. “The liberals who are in Texas are really, really mad. They hate President Trump. That anger is dangerous. I mean, that anger is mobilizing. It means they’re gonna show up no matter what. As I’ve said, they’ll crawl over broken glass to show up.”
Cruz acknowledged that intensity “turns people out at the polls.”
O’Rourke has garnered national attention in his efforts to unseat Cruz in traditionally Republican Texas, thanks to his sizable fundraising hauls and his viral stump speeches. However, he has consistently trailed in polling in the race.
The Democrat told “60 Minutes” that his chances of victory hinge heavily on turnout.
“I think the more people that show up, the better we do,” O’Rourke said.
“The people who are fired up right now are fired up to do something great for this country,” he said, pointing to early voting numbers that show strong turnout.
Early voting numbers have surged nationwide, with totals already surpassing early voting for the 2014 midterm elections in at least 27 states.
In Texas, more than 4.5 million people cast in-person ballots in this year’s early voting period, and more than 360,000 people have cast mail-in ballots in 30 counties alone.
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