The Texas Senate seat remains up in the air, as polls repeatedly have shown the race to be close enough to keep an eye on. With just a month until the election, voters are becoming more settled in their decision, and the question is whether or not the historically red state will stay that way. According to a new CBS YouGov poll, Cruz holds onto a narrow lead. “Incumbent Republican Ted Cruz has a lead over Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, at six points among likely voters, 50-44,” CBS news reports.
Even if this lead by Cruz holds, this would be the closest call for Republicans in decades. The 2018 midterms are shaping up to be perhaps the most important midterms in the country’s history. For the two political parties have become dramatically polarized in their view of a prosperous American future.
The recent Kavanaugh confirmation to the supreme court has likely motivated the left as they just lost a majority on the supreme court. Tie this in with Kavanaugh perceived to be a drunken serial gang rapist, and the situation has become paramount for Texan democrats and Beto supporters.
The onslaught of accusations against Kavanaugh has likely just as well motivated the right. What is seen to be a respectable christian man with a lovely family just had his character and name unjustly destroyed in the eyes of Republicans and Cruz supporters.
Voter turnout is thus likely to be high, which is what both candidates need. “Respondents supporting Cruz indicated a greater draw to his issue stances than personal qualities while O’Rourke supporters relatively evenly supported him on issues and personal qualities,” Breitbart reports.
Democrats are thus more attracted to the presentation of their candidate, his ability to inspire passion, and how he represents change in the eyes of these voters. “Challenger O’Rourke held an approximately 20 point lead over incumbent Cruz” when it came to representing change, Breitbart reports.
Republicans are more so inclined to support their candidate due to the issues that they believe to be important. Immigration reform and protecting the 2nd amendment are top priorities for these voters. On the categories of immigration and guns, Cruz held a sizable double-digit support over his democrat opponent.
The poll interviewed 1,031 registered voters in Texas between dates October 2-5. The margin of error was proposed at 3.9 percent.