The 2018 election may not be so easy for U.S. Senator incumbent Ted Cruz.
This week, however, El Paso-area U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke announced his candidacy for Cruz’s Senate position, who is coming up on the end of his freshman term in Washington.
O’Rourke was first elected to Congress in 2012 by a majority-Latino district, a growing characteristic of Texas voters, but a Democrat has not represented Texas in the Senate for 30 years.
Furthermore, O’Rourke barely won his 2012 election, and his win for City Council in 2005 was just as tight.
But the 44-year-old told the Dallas Morning News the narrow victories have prepared him for the campaign Cruz missile coming his way:
“I’m under no illusions this will be anything but hard in a primary (year) and anything but hard in a general election. Nothing I’ve ever done that’s amounted to anything has been easy. My heart’s in it, I want to do this, I’m driven to do it. I’m not poll-testing it. I’m not consulting with consultants.”
Despite the $4.2 million Cruz already raised for his reelection bid, O’Rourke may have less work ahead of him than he’s anticipating; he recently made headlines after taking a bipartisan road trip with a Republican Congressman Will Hurd.
Some Houstonians are also reportedly already having trouble finding Ted and have grown concerned:
— Ted Cruz Is Missing (@whereiscruz) March 28, 2017
— Ted Cruz Is Missing (@whereiscruz) March 21, 2017
According to tedcruzismissing.com, the missing posters’ initiative is meant to encourage Senator Cruz to have face time with his constituents.
— Ted Cruz Is Missing (@whereiscruz) March 14, 2017
Perhaps, the group would have better luck inviting O’Rourke to their town hall scheduled for April 15 at TSU.