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Texas US Senate 2018; Primary March 6

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Post by Addie » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:07 am

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Cruz’s Democratic challenger officially files for Senate

Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) has officially filed to challenge Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in 2018.

O’Rourke, who has served in Congress since 2013, announced in late March that he would take on Cruz next year. It’ll be an uphill battle for O'Rourke, since no Democrat has won a Senate election in Texas since 1988.

“Today’s filing is not only a chance to recommit ourselves to this critical race, but to recommit to running it in the right way: being present, accountable, candid, transparent and powering each step of the way by people not PACs,” O’Rourke said on Monday.

O’Rourke, who filed his candidacy for Senate alongside local and state Democratic leaders, detailed the last eight months since he announced his bid, which included holding 85 public events across Texas and visiting more than 155 counties.

He said he’ll spend most of December traveling around the state and will hit 30 counties ahead of the end-of-the-month holidays.

O’Rourke has raised nearly $2.8 million since he jumped into the race, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. But Cruz, who’s also a prolific fundraiser, has nearly twice as much cash on hand, with nearly $5.7 million.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:11 am

Go! Go! Beto!!!!!!!


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:29 pm

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/37 ... ssion=true
Dem poll: Cruz leads Dem challenger by single digits
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) leads Rep. Beto O'Rourke (Texas), his likely Democratic opponent in November, by single digits, according to a new poll conducted by a left-leaning firm.

End Citizens United, a campaign finance reform group, released a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling that finds Cruz leading O'Rourke by 8 points, 45 to 37 percent. Eighteen percent were undecided.

Wednesday's poll is in contrast with an internal poll from Cruz's campaign earlier this month that showed the GOP senator surging ahead of O'Rourke by 18 points. The survey also found that O'Rourke struggles with name recognition compared to Cruz.

In the first poll, both Cruz and President Trump have negative favorability ratings in Texas. Thirty-eight percent view Cruz favorably, while 49 percent view him unfavorably. For Trump, who won Texas by 9 points in the 2016 election, 45 percent view him favorably, compared to 48 percent who view him unfavorably.


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:23 pm

Incumbents polling well under 50% are in trouble. But lots of things could change in the next 9 months.



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Post by fierceredpanda » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:27 pm

My big caveat is that the poll showing a close-ish race is from End Citizens United. Much as I sympathize with their cause, they aren't exactly what you think of when you say the phrase "reputable and unbiased polling shop." If they came out with a poll showing the majority of Texans were in favor of free beer, I'd have questions about the methodology.


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Post by Addie » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:40 pm

The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling, reputable enough.
fierceredpanda wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:27 pm
My big caveat is that the poll showing a close-ish race is from End Citizens United. Much as I sympathize with their cause, they aren't exactly what you think of when you say the phrase "reputable and unbiased polling shop." If they came out with a poll showing the majority of Texans were in favor of free beer, I'd have questions about the methodology.


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Post by fierceredpanda » Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:47 pm

Addie wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:40 pm
The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling, reputable enough.
Yeah, but why is a PPP poll being released by ECU rather than PPP itself? That's the part that I don't get. It almost seems like PPP leaked an outlier poll to ECU.

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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:05 pm

ECU was the client. The client gets to control what it hires.



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Post by TexasFilly » Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:38 pm

I like Beto. He's a good looking guy who is obviously smart. I did get an aggressive text from his campaign about a month ago though, and I've never sent my cell number to the campaign. So, that turned me off a bit. But I still may do some work for him. Anything is better than Grandpa Munster.


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Post by Addie » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:35 am

Associated Press
Texas Democrat risks rising-star status in long-shot race ...

Still, he said he saw little hope of changing the country’s direction under President Donald Trump by just returning to the House. So lately, he’s been holding jogging sessions, rallies and town halls across the state while raising a respectable nearly $4 million.

If it’s a suicide mission, O’Rourke’s campaign is a colorful one, with lively, occasionally profane rhetoric and attention-getting events that sometimes seem as much about partying as policy.

He wants to legalize marijuana and ease immigration policies and opposes Trump’s border wall, likening it to the Berlin Wall that future generations will rue. But O’Rourke says also he’s courting Trump voters since the president has “asked the right questions about people who have felt left behind.” ...

O’Rourke’s campaign has refused outside political money and doesn’t employ consultants. Before announcing his Senate run, O’Rourke called U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, head of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, about possible financial help.

“He said, ‘Hey Beto, I’ve got to tell you, from the DSCC’s perspective, I would be fired for malpractice if I invested any money in Texas,’” O’Rourke recalled.


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Post by Addie » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:41 am

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With $2.4 million haul, Ted Cruz challenger Beto O'Rourke has his biggest fundraising quarter yet

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, says he raised more than $2.4 million over the last three months — his biggest fundraising quarter since he launched his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

The figure was accompanied by a spike in the number of individual contributions that his campaign received — from almost 33,000 in the third quarter to over 55,000 during the most recent period, he said in an interview.

"The fact it’s the most we’ve raised and that we are adding tens of thousands of more individual contributions shows that the interest in the campaign is only increasing," O'Rourke said. "And the fact that most of that is Texans is really, really encouraging."

O'Rourke revealed his fundraising haul ahead of the Wednesday deadline to disclose it and other figures to the Federal Election Commission. Cruz, who is seeking a second term, has not yet volunteered his numbers.

O'Rourke didn't say how much cash on hand his campaign had as it entered 2018. Cruz has maintained a big advantage in that category, ending the third quarter with $6.4 million in the bank to O'Rourke's $2.8 million.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:44 am

Addie wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:41 am
Texas Tribune
With $2.4 million haul, Ted Cruz challenger Beto O'Rourke has his biggest fundraising quarter yet

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, says he raised more than $2.4 million over the last three months — his biggest fundraising quarter since he launched his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

The figure was accompanied by a spike in the number of individual contributions that his campaign received — from almost 33,000 in the third quarter to over 55,000 during the most recent period, he said in an interview.

"The fact it’s the most we’ve raised and that we are adding tens of thousands of more individual contributions shows that the interest in the campaign is only increasing," O'Rourke said. "And the fact that most of that is Texans is really, really encouraging."

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This is encouraging. :thumbs:


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Post by Addie » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:19 am

Dallas Morning News: We recommend Beto O'Rourke in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:30 pm

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/20 ... ke-a-hike/
A Major Texas Newspaper Just Told Ted Cruz to Take a Hike
The list of folks who don’t like the first-term senator really knows no bounds.


The Dallas Morning News‘ editorial board chose not to endorse Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican primary, instead telling voters to cast ballots for a 37-year-old Houston energy lawyer.

The board cited Cruz’s few legislative wins, infamous unpopularity in Washington, and his decision this week to vote against opening bipartisan debate over immigration as reasons to vote for his competitor, Stefano de Stefano, one of five candidates vying to clinch the Republican nomination on March 6.


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