Cruz, O'Rourke Debate in San Antonio


Sen.Ted Cruz and Democratic challenger Beto O'Rourke will square off in another debate Tuesday night in San Antonio.  A lot has changed in the weeks since canceling their Houston debate due to Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings.


O'Rourke's campaign recently announced it had tripled Cruz's campaign contributions during the third quarter, but new polling shows Cruz's lead is widening.


They both need to be able to prime their base, but O'Rourke has a more difficult road to hoe because he has to generate enthusiasm among Democrats who traditionally have not voted in the midterms,” says Dr. Brandon Rottinghaus, political science professor at University of Houston.


Rottinghaus believes Cruz will try to lay out positives of Republican leadership over the past two years.


“On the economy, things are going well enough for most people, especially most voters or people who are likely to vote, that it's likely to play into the favor of the Republicans.”


O'Rourke will likely counter with a more moderate approach.


“There is a risk for O'Rourke because he wants to be seen as someone who is above politics, so as a result you tend to not take as sharp of a position on something because you want to be flexible and be able to work with the other side,” says Rottinghaus.  “


The problem is in an election like this there are expectations that you draw a sharp contrast.”


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