Political analyst: O'Rourke will be on a national ticket if he wins in November

Political analyst Bill Schneider predicted on Wednesday that if Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats' virtual convention: report O'Rourke on Texas reopening: 'Dangerous, dumb and weak' Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D) wins his Texas Senate race against the famous Republican incumbent, he will be on a national ticket in the near future. 

"If he wins that seat, beats Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP deeply divided over Trump's social media crackdown Hillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged Iranian sanction violations MORE, he's going to be on a national Democratic ticket very, very quickly," Schneider told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"He has a lot of charm, he's good-looking, and he has a very liberal message," he added.

O'Rourke is locked in a tight race with Cruz in deep-red Texas, which hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office in decades. 

An Emerson College poll released last week showed Cruz with a 1-point lead over O'Rourke, well within the margin of error. 

The Cook Political Report last month shifted the race from its “likely Republican” column to “lean Republican." 

Schneider cautioned that O'Rourke's liberal leaning could work to his detriment in November's midterms. 

"That's the big problem he has. If Texans find out he's too liberal for them, they might hesitate," he said. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE has inserted himself into the campaign as Senate Republicans seek to hang onto their thin majority, announcing last week that that he will hold a “major rally” next month for Cruz. 

— Julia Manchester