Texas Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro is leading former presidential candidate Ted Cruz in a potential 2018 race for Cruz’s seat in the Senate according to a brand new poll.
The statewide poll which was released on Wednesday by Texas Lyceum shows Castro with 35 percent support among Texas adults, while incumbent Ted Cruz is receiving just 31 percent of the vote. Cruz is also not doing significant better against another potential Democratic rival Rep. Beto O’Rourke with the pair splitting the vote 30 to 30.
Texas has had two Republican Senators for the past 29 years — 30 by the time Cruz finishes his current term. Cruz has long been considered a runaway favorite to be re-elected for his seat, especially after coming second in the Republican presidential primary in 2016.
The same poll shows that President Trump is underwater in the state as well with 54 percent of voters disapproving of his job performance, while only 42 percent approve. The numbers are stunning in the ruby red state.
There are additional concerning numbers for Trump, Cruz, and Republicans altogether. During a period which should be Trump’s honeymoon period, and where Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House, the poll shows that 52 percent of respondents believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction. It is noteworthy that the number is down from 63 percent in 2016.
The numbers are sharply divided along partisan lines. While 84 percent of Texas Democrats believe that the country is on the wrong track, 83 percent of Republicans believe the opposite to be true.
O’Rourke has officially thrown his hat in the ring to oppose Cruz in 2018. However, Castro is still considering whether he is going to make a run.