Win or lose, Cruz and O’Rourke may remain political forces

TX-Sen Cruz backs ending birthright citizenship questions whether president can do it with an EO

The raw numbers are astounding.

As Election Day looms, both sides are firing up their base and urging voters to the polls-nowhere more than in Texas, as Beto O'Rourke challenges Ted Cruz for his Senate seat. That means more people have cast a ballot over 12 days of early voting in those counties than turned out for the entire 2014 midterm election. The senator, who was elected in 2012 as part of the so-called Tea Party revolution, sought to win back Republicans, some of whom were angered that he began seeking the 2016 presidential nomination nearly as soon as he was elected.

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The almost 4.9 million early votes exceed the 4.7 million total votes cast in Texas in the 2014 midterm election. "If this continues, we win", O'Rourke said Friday after a rally. "Texas is going to be the leader that this country has been waiting for". "They hate President Trump", Cruz said. He says there are more Republicans than Democrats in Texas, so if he can avoid conservative complacency, he'll win easily.

The surge in early voting is not a phenomenon that is limited to Texas. That's within striking distance of the total number of ballots cast statewide during the last midterm elections in 2014. He has not endorsed any other candidates in the midterm elections.

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