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Cruz On The Brink Of Losing ‘Control’ As Huge Democratic Turn Out Could Turn Texas Blue

In any other year, any Democratic candidate would be a political footnote in deep-red Texas. But, as Democrats head to the polls in their party’s primary Tuesday, they are turning out in record numbers, and that is worrying Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who will likely face off in the November election against Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat from El Paso who has emerged as a fundraising force.

Cruz told CNN’s Manu Raju that he is “absolutely” concerned about the prospect of high Democratic turnout in Texas for the midterm elections in November.

“The extreme left is energized and angry, and it makes it all the important for conservatives to show up in November,” Cruz said.

Cruz also said in a separate interview on Monday with talk show host Hugh Hewitt that Texas could potentially turn blue in November if conservatives stay home on Election Day.

“We could end up with a Speaker Pelosi and a [Senate] Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. In Texas, if conservatives stay home, if we rest on our laurels, we could see Texas turn blue,” the senator said.

“We could see every statewide office in the state becoming a Democrat. Now that’s long been a Democrat pipe dream. I don’t believe it’s going to happen. But the best way to make sure it doesn’t happen is for conservatives to show up,” he said.

Democrats have experienced a groundswell of enthusiasm across the country during President Trump’s first year in office and hope that will carry them to big gains at the ballot box nationwide, including in red-leaning states like Texas.

Democratic turnout has doubled in the 15 most populous counties since the 2014 midterms, according to state data analyzed by The Dallas Morning News. Republicans have seen a far smaller boost, 16 percent.

Texas is holding its congressional primaries on Tuesday.

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