Cruz: Texas will be 'hotly contested' in 2020

Cruz: Texas will be 'hotly contested' in 2020
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Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSeven things to know about the Trump trial All the frontrunners could survive initial Iowa test Republicans face internal brawl over impeachment witnesses MORE (R) warned Republicans that his home state will be "hotly contested" in 2020. 

The senator made the comments at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast and signaled that while he had faith in President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE and fellow Texas Sen. John CornynJohn CornynKoch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says Seven things to know about the Trump trial New Parnas evidence escalates impeachment witnesses fight MORE (R) in the state, they still would face a "tough race" next year, according to Politico. 

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The Texas senator faced a tough reelection battle in 2018, narrowly defeating now-former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTrump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign Julián Castro endorses Warren in 2020 race Klobuchar faces make-or-break Iowa sprint after strong debate MORE (D-Texas) by roughly 2 points. 

“I think the Texas election in 2018 is powerful foreshadowing for what to expect across the country in 2020,” Cruz said. 

Cruz maintained that he did not believe Democrats would be able to turn Texas blue in 2020, but said Republicans would need to turn their voters out. 

“If we lose Texas, it’s game over,” he said. “I don’t believe Texas will turn blue, but central to that is we’re going to have to work to communicate and turn people out.” 

Cruz's comments come after a Univision News survey of Texas released earlier this week showed the three top Democratic presidential contenders, former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Ex-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE (D-Mass.), leading Trump in the state. 

Cornyn will also likely face an uphill climb in the state, which hasn't seen a Democrat win statewide in 25 years. 

An Emerson College–Dallas Morning News survey released last month showed Cornyn with just a 37 percent job approval rating, while 31 percent said they disapproved. 

So far, seven Democrats have stepped up to challenge Cornyn in 2020.