Trump adviser: Ted Cruz may lose midterm for not being ‘likable’

Mick Mulvaney, Donald Trump’s budget chief.

Ted Cruz could lose his Senate seat in Texas because he isn’t “likable” enough but the Democrats’ “movement of hate” will not attract former Republican voters and a midterm “blue wave” is unlikely, Donald Trump’s budget chief told donors in remarks reported by the New York Times on Saturday.

The Times said it had obtained a recording of Mick Mulvaney and Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel speaking at a closed-door meeting in New York.

“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 was reported as saying. “I don’t think it’s likely, but it’s a possibility. How likeable is a candidate? That still counts.”

Cruz is a hardliner first elected in 2012 who finished second to Trump

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