DALLAS – Most political analysts can usually agree on one thing: Texas is a state that practically “bleeds red,” as it has for decades.
But in recent election cycles, there’s been much talk about the Lone Star State potentially going purple.
And now, a Texas congressman is trying to do what no Democrat has been able to do here in nearly 25 years — win statewide office.
Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke from El Paso, elected in 2012 to serve Texas’ 16th Congressional District, is battling it out with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, aiming to capture Cruz’s seat come November.
“We’re listening to and bringing in everyone — Republican, Democrat, independent — everyone in Texas is important,” O’Rourke tells Fox News.
His message appears to have some resonance with voters, with polling data showing O’Rourke within striking distance of Cruz.
According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, Cruz has a six-percentage-point lead — 49 percent to 43 percent. But some polls suggest a tighter race. A recent Texas Lyceum poll put the spread at just two points.