O’Rourke: I don’t want Dems from outside Texas coming to stump for me

O’Rourke: I don’t want Dems from outside Texas coming to stump for me
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Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke, Willie Nelson financially back Texas Democrats in elections bill fight Texans split on whether Abbott deserves reelection: poll O'Rourke considering Texas governor bid: report MORE (D-Texas) said Sunday that he doesn't want anyone from the national Democratic Party coming into Texas to boost his candidacy against Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia next week Here's evidence the Senate confirmation process is broken MORE (R-Texas).

"I'm not distancing myself. But I don't want anyone coming in from the outside. I want the people of Texas to decide this on, on their own terms," O'Rourke said on "60 Minutes" in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

Former President Obama, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Republican calls second bout of COVID-19 'far more challenging' Conflicting school mask guidance sparks confusion Biden: Pathway to citizenship in reconciliation package 'remains to be seen' MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTo break the corporate tax logjam, tax overinflated CEO pay Will Pence primary Trump — and win? Grassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWill Pence primary Trump — and win? Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law 'CON laws' limit the health care competition Biden aims to deliver MORE (D-Calif.) and Oprah Winfrey are among the big names who have hit the campaign trail in support of Democratic gubernatorial and Senate candidates in the closing weeks of the midterm campaign. 

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Those individuals have not made their way to Texas to stump for O'Rourke, who is aiming to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the traditionally Republican state. The race has attracted national attention, though O'Rourke has consistently trailed in polls by single digits over the last several weeks.

The national GOP has mobilized to aid Cruz in his campaign, with President Trump hosting a campaign rally for the senator last month in Houston.

O'Rourke chalked up the national interest to his campaign's decision to turn down political action committee and special interest money, and to travel to all 254 Texas counties before the election.

"At this really divided moment, everybody, knowing that they're invited to be part of this," O'Rourke said, explaining the national fascination with the race. "And the fact that some of your stereotypes about what you think Texas is, aren't necessarily true."

The RealClearPolitics polling index shows Cruz with a 6.5 percentage point lead in the race.

In Texas, more than 4.5 million people cast in-person ballots in this year’s early voting period, and more than 360,000 people have cast mail-in ballots in 30 counties alone.