Early polls show Ted Cruz in tight race for reelection
Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) edges out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a potential 2018 Senate matchup, a new poll shows.I suspect that Cruz has more upside than either Joaquin Castro or Beto O'Rourke. They are both polling close to the maximum of what Democrats have done in recent elections. Cruz is an able campaigner who can probably demolish either of these guys in a debate. He has been touring the state and meeting with workers and management in various industries. He is better financed than either of them too.
According to the statewide poll numbers released Wednesday by Texas Lyceum, Castro gets 35 percent support of Texas adults in the potential matchup, while Cruz gets 31 percent.
And in a matchup between Cruz and Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), the two are tied at 30 percent.
A Democrat hasn't won a Senate race in Texas in 29 years. Cruz, who came in second in last year's GOP presidential primary, has long been considered a big favorite.
The poll also found President Trump underwater in job approval, with 54 percent disapproving to 42 percent who approve.
Fifty-two percent of respondents said the country is on the wrong track — down from 63 percent in a 2016 edition of the poll.