The Texas Senate race - What's Your Point?

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The panel discusses Greg Groogan's one on one with Senator Ted Cruz on the campaign trail about the upcoming election and his opponent Beto O'Rourke.

The panel this week: Jessica Colon - Republican strategist, Tomaro Bell - Super Neighborhood leader, Steve Toth - former State Representative, Kier Murray - political consultant and analyst,, Bill King - businessman, columnist and former Kemah mayor, Tony- Diaz - Chicano activist and educator.

September 14, 2018

Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic opponent U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke have declared that they have mutually reached an agreement to take part in three debates leading up to the mid-term general elections in November.

The first debate is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. That one-hour debate will focus on the topic of domestic policy. Sen. Cruz and Congressman O'Rourke will each speak from podiums before an audience of 240 people. The debate will have a moderator.

The second debate is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30 on the University of Houston campus in Houston and will focus on the topic of domestic policy. The candidates will be seated on stools in the town hall format with an audience of at least 250 people.

The final debate is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16 in San Antonio. That debate will have a moderator with a projected audience of 120 people. The topics to be discussed at the third debate will be domestic policy and foreign policy. The candidates will be positioned behind podiums.

September 10, 2018

A top adviser to President Trump told donors that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz could lose in November because he isn’t likable enough, according to a recording obtained by the New York Times.

Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget chief, told donors that it was a real “possibility” that Cruz could lose to challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Texas hasn’t elected a Democratic candidate to a statewide office in more than two decades.

“There’s a very real possibility we will win a race for Senate in Florida and lose a race in Texas for Senate, OK?” Mulvaney said, according to the recording shared with the paper. “I don’t think it’s likely, but it’s a possibility. How likable is a candidate? That still counts.”

The comments are the bluntest to date from Republicans about the peril Cruz faces in his battle for re-election.

Numerous polls released in August show Cruz’s lead in the low single-digits over challenger Democratic candidate O’Rourke.

Trump has announced he will headline a rally for Cruz in October at a large stadium somewhere in Texas. Cruz had previously stated he would welcome the president’s help in what has become an unexpectedly tight re-election contest.