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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'RourkeTexas Republican criticizes Cruz for Cancun trip: 'When a crisis hits my state, I'm there' Progressives target 'Cancun Cruz' in ad to run on 147 Texas radio stations 'Get off TV': Critics blast Abbott over handling of Texas power outages following winter storm 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 CruzKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Shelby endorses Shalanda Young for OMB director should Biden pull Tanden's nomination 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 BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKlain says Harris would not overrule parliamentarian on minimum wage increase Romney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisEmhoff reflects on interracial marriage case: Without this 'I would not be married to Kamala Harris' WHO: Coronavirus deaths down 20 percent worldwide last week Collins: Biden's .9T coronavirus package won't get any Senate GOP votes 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.