Six weeks ago Austin, Texas was abuzz with thoughts of seeing a Democrat defeat Senator Ted Cruz. Austin is an anomaly in the Lone Star state, a place dominated by left-leaning state government workers and anti-American propaganda. With nearly a million residents, it can exert considerable influence upon the rest of the state but normally not nearly enough to sway statewide elections. Still, the Beto O’Rourke campaign, which lives and dies primarily on Austin-centered support, thought that maybe, just maybe, this time would be different.
It won’t. Texas voters are now preparing to hand Mr. O’Rourke an old-school Texas ass whooping in November.
O’Rourke, a native of El Paso which sits nearly on top of the U.S. Mexico border, is a product of open-borders ideology. He became close to the state government power brokers in Austin following his becoming a member of the El Paso city council. O’Rourke’s primary political platform at that time was open borders and an end to the War on Drugs, positions which won him considerable support among the large Latino El Paso population and the wealthy white liberals who dominate Austin.
In 2012 O’Rourke ran for and won a seat in the U.S. Congress. He won re-election in 2014. In 2016 he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and was made a super-delegate, a position which made him among those who many feel ultimately stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders. It wasn’t long before the Clinton Machine was urging Mr. O’Rourke to take on Ted Cruz and deliver Democrats a stunning anti-Trump victory in Texas.
That victory does not appear to be forthcoming. As of this writing, Senator Cruz enjoys near double-digit leads in multiple pre-election polls with the winds of momentum clearly at his back. And while some of this success is due to Mr. Cruz’s strong debate performances against the visibly ill-informed and too often awkward O’Rourke the more likely reason for O’Rourke’s falling poll numbers is the full-throated endorsement of Cruz by President Donald Trump which in turn has mobilized the 4.7 million Trump supporters in Texas to push Mr. Cruz across the finish line first.
If current trends hold, and there appears to be no reason why they wouldn’t, Ted Cruz is likely to defeat O’Rourke by as much as a million votes even after tens of millions of out-of-state dollars have poured into the O’Rourke campaign in recent weeks.
Democrats continue to dream of ‘turning Texas blue.’ That is nowhere close to happening in 2018 thanks in great part to the continued loyalty Texas voters have for Donald Trump.