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Ted Cruz: Trump's chances of winning reelection are '50-50'

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Democrats under pressure to deliver on labor's 'litmus test' bill Crenshaw pours cold water on 2024 White House bid: 'Something will emerge' MORE (R-Texas) said he thinks President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE could "absolutely" be defeated in the 2020 election and predicted there could be "staggering" Democratic voter turnout. 

He said in an interview with PBS's "Firing Line with Margaret Hoover" that aired Friday that he believes the presidential election will be a "coin flip" and placed Trump's reelection chances at "50-50."

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Asked if Trump could be defeated, Cruz responded, "Absolutely. I personally handicap the 2020 election as a coin flip. I think it's about 50-50."  

"I want to see the president reelected," he added. "And I think he certainly can get reelected. But I think we are going to see staggering Democratic turnout in 2020."

He attributed this possibly immense turnout to "anger" on the left. 

"Anger is a powerful motivator," he said. "The far left is pissed. They are enraged by Donald Trump, and it means they're going to show up, and the big open question is, does everybody else show up?"

Cruz, an ally of Trump, narrowly won his 2018 Senate contest against former 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), who is now among the more than two dozen Democrats running for president in 2020. 

Overall voter turnout in 2018 reportedly reached the highest level for a midterm election since 1966.