Democrats in the Lone Star State overwhelmingly want Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke to drop out of the presidential race and take another shot at a U.S. Senate seat.
The poll of Democrat and Democrat-leaning Texas voters, conducted by Quinnipiac University, asked respondents, "Would you like to see Beto O'Rourke continue his 2020 campaign for president, or would you like to see him challenge Texas Senator John Cornyn in 2020 instead?”
By a whopping 2-to-1 margin, those surveyed said they want the former congressman to challenge Cornyn after he came close to defeating Ted Cruz in 2018.
Cathie Adams, a former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas now with Eagle Forum, says it is certainly interesting to see Texans share such an opinion about O’Rourke after his well-publicized attempt to defeat Cruz.
O'Rourke enjoyed fawning media coverage while polls showed a close race last year. Millions of campaign dollars flowed into the state in an attempt to flip a Senate seat in the "Red" state only to watch him lose 50%-48%.
Now, months later, O'Rourke is polling in single digits in the crowded Democratic presidential primary. He is currently in sixth place.
“I don't think that they see him as they did before,” Adams says, “when they had kind of a foggy view of who Beto O'Rourke was. The man couldn't be more out of touch with the reality of the economy."
Adams suggests O'Rourke's views on issues such as illegal immigration puts him at odds with Texas voters.
O’Rourke famously suggested to MSNBC, for example, that he would “absolutely” take down the U.S.-Mexico border wall located near El Paso.
Why? Because physical barriers push illegal immigrants to "hostile" areas along border, he said, causing deaths that could be prevented if physical barriers were not in place.
“Texas is a big state,” Adams says. “The Democrats want to psyche people into thinking they are going to take over. I don't see it. I don't hear it."