The final polls for the Texas Senate race show something once unthinkable to political experts — Democrat Beto O’Rourke with a real chance of unseating Ted Cruz.
The race for the Texas Senate seat was considered a safe one for Republicans as campaigning began earlier this year, but O’Rourke has steadily been building his stature both in the state and nationally, and the final polls before Election Day show that he is now within striking distance of Cruz. As the Washington Examiner reported, O’Rourke had pulled into a statistical tie with Cruz in one of the final polls before voters head to the polls on Tuesday.
The Emerson University poll showed that Cruz was ahead of O’Rourke by 3 percentage points, putting the race within the 3.7 percent margin of error. The race is still expected to tilt toward Cruz, who led in the poll 50 percent to 47 percent and has been ahead in all major polling, but the late movement has been toward O’Rourke.
Though O’Rourke has pulled in more than $70 million in campaign contributions and attracted a nationwide following as he takes on one of the more unpopular members of the Senate, his campaign style is decidedly low-tech. As the New Yorker reported, O’Rourke’s campaign has been fueled more by shoe leather than big donors.