Former Cruz spokesman: 'It's possible' O'Rourke could win

Former Cruz spokesman: 'It's possible' O'Rourke could win
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOn The Money: Conservative blocks disaster relief bill | Trade high on agenda as Trump heads to Japan | Boeing reportedly faces SEC probe over 737 Max | Study finds CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan MORE’s (R-Texas) former campaign spokesman said that it’s “possible” for Cruz to lose his reelection bid to Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

Rick Tyler, who served as Cruz’s former communications director during his 2016 presidential run, appeared on MSNBC Sunday and admitted that Cruz could lose in the red state. 

“As the former Cruz strategist, it does seem as though the signs are that Ted Cruz might actually lose this race?” MSNBC host Kasie Hunt asked.

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Tyler said that even in a predominately Republican state, O’Rourke is posing a real challenge for the senator.

“It’s possible — people say no, it’s not possible because again you look at Texas and say ‘it’s a red state and it’s never going to happen’ but Beto O’Rourke has consistently out-fundraised him 2-to-1, and he doesn’t take PAC money,” Tyler said.

Tyler said that O’Rourke is running an “interesting campaign that has grabbed national attention."

A poll from late August found that Cruz is in a statistical tie with O’Rourke — with Cruz just 1 point ahead in the Senate race.

“It should be a 10- to 15-point race, it’s not, it’s a zero to 4-point race,” Tyler said on Sunday.

Tyler’s comments came one day after White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyTrump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit On The Money: Judge rules banks can give Trump records to House | Mnuchin pegs debt ceiling deadline as 'late summer' | Democrats see momentum in Trump tax return fight | House rebukes Trump changes to consumer agency House rebukes Mulvaney's efforts to rein in consumer bureau MORE told Republicans at a closed-door meeting that it was a "possibility" that Cruz could lose.