Cruz vs. O'Rourke: Two polls show different results

Blanche Robertson
September 21, 2018

Restaurant management said about 400 people showed up to meet Cruz, who's in a tight race with challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

On Saturday, animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) handed out free barbecued tofu outside of a restaurant in Columbus, TX, where Republican Senator Ted Cruz held a event for his re-election campaign to the United States Senate.

O'Rourke's candidacy has drawn large crowds in Texas and a following among progressives nationally.

Texas has not elected a Democratic candidate to a statewide office in more than two decades, but O'Rourke is clearly the best chance of that happening in a long time.

If they win either chamber, much of President Donald Trump's agenda could be hamstrung and his administration would be subjected to greater scrutiny.

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The poll was taken from 807 likely voters on September 11-17.

- Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) holds a two-point lead over incumbent Sen. Picture taken September 5, 2018. Cruz and O'Rourke will face-off on Friday night in Dallas in the first of three debates between now and Election Day.

At campaign stops, Cruz, a former presidential candidate who is seeking a second term in the Senate, has gone after O'Rourke as a "gun-grabbing liberal" and portrayed him as out-of-step with the bulk of Texas voters.

"Texans are opposed to the practice of some National Football League players kneeling during the National Anthem before NFL games", Brown said. In addition, 53 percent of white voters with no college degree also agreed with that statement.

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