Thursday, August 18, 2016

The State of Texas: Is Ted Cruz in trouble?

Aiming For Ted

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has always had haters—few of his Washington, D.C. colleagues hold particularly warm and fuzzy feelings for him, and he's been somewhat shunned by his own party since his non-endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a speech at the Republican National Convention in July. The national Ted Hate has been well-documented, but he's still always been able to come home to Texas and feel the Lone Star love. But that love appears to have faded. A recently released Texas poll shows 48 percent of respondents disapprove of the job Cruz is doing, while only 39 percent said they approve, and only half of Republicans polled want Cruz to be their Senate nominee in 2018, according to the Austin American-Statesman. When those pollers were presented with former Governor Rick Perry as an alternative to Cruz, only 37 percent stuck with Ted. Perry probably won't run for Senate in 2018, but there have been a number of rumored challengers recently, including Democratic U.S. Representative Joaquín Castro and Republican U.S. Representative Michael McCaul. According to the Texas Tribune, McCaul expressed a tepid interest in running as he spoke to reporters on Wednesday, but he didn't commit either way. "Like Reagan said, never say never," McCaul said. He also threw a bit of shade at Cruz, saying that repping Texas is an important gig but that Cruz has been "focused on his ambition running for president."