A poll underwritten by End Citizens United seems to show that Beto O’Rourke of the Democrats is fast closing in on Ted Cruz of the GOP. The poll apparently indicated that Cruz’s lead over O’Rourke is just 45 to 37 percent, a narrow margin. This was markedly different at the start of the year when the campaign team of Cruz claimed that the incumbent senator from Texas has an 18 percent lead over his rival O’Rourke. Google, at that time, almost had the same results with Cruz leading around 14 percent. At any rate, it now appears that in just one month, O’Rourke’s chances of winning have significantly increased.
Last year, the Democrats were able to snatch 34 seats, most of which are in places that have voted traditionally for the GOPs. It is therefore not a surprise that the End Citizens United survey shows that O’Rourke is gaining fast on Cruz. While stealing Cruz’s seat is not the primary focus of the election cycle of 2018, it will certainly encourage the Democrats if O’Rourke wins the seat.
Public Policy Pulling already has a history of failed election predictions, considering its 2009 survey with results that did not materialize. That particular survey supposedly showed that nearing the 2010 GOP primary for governor, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has a lead of 25 percentage points over Governor Rick Perry. The actual figure was 56 percent to 31 percent. But Rasmussen Reports released its own survey indicating that Perry was very much ahead, approximately 46 percent to 36 percent. Ultimately, after the actual vote was counted, Perry won the contest.
In that light, this latest Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by End Citizens United showing that O’Rourke is trailing Cruz by only eight point percentage (45 percent to 37 percent) seems to be self-serving. Considering that End Citizens United is primarily composed of Democrats targeting financial and electoral reform, the poll results are surprisingly almost the same as that of other surveys. That means O’Rourke is polling like he is an organic Democrat. For instance, in another Public Policy Polling survey, almost every individual polled gave an opinion on Ted Cruz – 38 percent favorable and 49 percent unfavorable. On the other hand, 61 percent of those polled didn’t offer their opinion on Beto O’Rourke.
End Citizens, a political action committee is an organization in the United States that is fighting for fiscal and electoral reforms. This political organization is undertaking initiatives that are designed to reverse the 2010 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that it handed down in the case Citizens United v. FEC. This decision effectively deregulates the limits on the amount being spent by independent expenditure groups for or against any specific candidates. ECU wants to drive big money out of politics, and is working for the election of people they call “campaign-finance reform champions.”