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'RourkeNRA deems O'Rourke 'Salesman of the Month' after Arizona gun store sells out of AR-15s during 'Beto Special' MSNBC Climate Change Forum draws 1.3M viewers in 8 pm timeslot The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump pushes back over whistleblower controversy 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 CruzState Department's top arms control official leaving Sanders NASA plan is definitely Earth first Trump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition 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 TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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