How Many Points Separate Beto O’Rourke And Ted Cruz?

This week in Texas politics with the Texas Tribune

By Rhonda FanningAugust 3, 2018 7:07 am, , ,

Time for the week that was in Texas politics with Emily Ramshaw, editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune.

Politics-watchers can’t agree on how many points separate Sen. Ted Cruz and his opponent, Beto O’Rourke. The polls are inconsistent, but all agree the race for Cruz’s senate seat is tightening.

“The polls that are coming out this week are showing an ever-narrowing field,” Ramshaw says. “Maybe six percentage points of difference, maybe two. Maybe somewhere in the middle.”

Ramshaw says O’Rourke does have momentum, whatever the current point spread.

A Texas special election in San San Antonio will go to a runoff between two Petes – Republican Pete Flores, and Democrat Pete Gallego. They are competing for the state senate seat vacated by Carlos Uresti. The district is traditionally Democratic, but Flores came away with the most votes, as Gallego and other Democrats split the vote.

The Texas Tribune Festival schedule was released this week. The event will be held September 27-29, n downtown Austin.

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.