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'RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O'RourkeOvernight Defense: 2020 Dems rebuke Trump on Iran deal | Trump appeals ruling on male-only draft | Kudlow claims Iran sanctions won't hike oil prices Castro wants to follow Obama's lead on balancing presidency with fatherhood Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds 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 CruzCornyn campaign, Patton Oswalt trade jabs over comedian's support for Senate candidate MJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid Liberal survey: Sanders cruising, Buttigieg rising 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 BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenButtigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election This is the Joe Biden you rarely see Minorities, older adults push Biden to top of 2020 poll MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Meghan McCain: Bernie Sanders supporting prisoners being able to vote 'bats**t insane' MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? K Street support to test Buttigieg 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.