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Trump to Stump for Cruz Next Month

Polls still show the Republican narrowly ahead.

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Zach C. Cohen
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:45 a.m.

President Trump said Friday that he will hold “a major rally” for Sen. Ted Cruz (R) in October in “the biggest stadium in Texas we can find.”

Trump: “As you know, Ted has my complete and total Endorsement. His opponent is a disaster for Texas—weak on Second Amendment, Crime, Borders, Military, and Vets!” (Twitter)

“A GoFundMe account started by Antonio Arellano, Claude Taylor and David Hogg, and organized by USA Latinx, a Latino advocacy group, aims to raise six thousand dollars to buy a mobile billboard to display Trump’s past negative tweets about Cruz in October. … By Sunday afternoon, the GoFundMe had already surpassed its original goal, raising close to $10,000.” (ABC)

JOIN THE CLUB. A Club for Growth TV ad portrays Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) “as a puppet of wealthy developers who pushed” an El Paso development project. The “spot starts airing Tuesday in San Antonio, and the Club for Growth plans to also run it in Dallas and Houston in the coming weeks. The ad is being paid for by the group’s super PAC arm, Club for Growth Action.” (Texas Tribune)

POLL-TESTED. Cruz barely led O’Rourke 38-37 percent in an Emerson College poll (Aug. 22-25; 550 RVs; +/-4.4%). Cruz’s favorability was 38-44 percent compared to O’Rourke’s 37-25 percent. (release)

Cruz edged O’Rourke 49-45% in a Marist College poll (Aug. 12-16; 759 RVs; +/-3.8%). Cruz’s favorability was 45-39 percent while O’Rourke’s was 36-21 percent. (release)

FLASHBACK. “O’Rourke has long owned up to his drunken driving arrest 20 years ago, describing it in a Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News op-ed piece earlier this week as a ‘serious mistake for which there is no excuse.’ Although the arrest has been public knowledge, police reports of the September 1998 incident—when the Democratic Senate candidate had just turned 26—show that it was a more serious threat to public safety than has previously been reported.” (Houston Chronicle)

“In his campaign against Senator Ted Cruz, Mr. O’Rourke has been attempting the Texas equivalent of walking on water—winning statewide as a liberal Democrat—without yet losing his balance. … Any breakthrough, Democrats have long believed, would be borne of demographics and triangulation: Focus on the cities, with their surging Hispanic populations and creeping cosmopolitanism. Edge to the middle a bit to bring in wary moderates. And impress upon voters just how extreme the incumbents had become.” (New York Times)

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