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 CruzCruz endorses GOP candidate for Senate in New Hampshire Missouri Republican wins annual craft brewing competition for lawmakers GOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan 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 TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE and fellow Texas Sen. John CornynJohn CornynZuckerberg woos Washington critics during visit Paul objection snags confirmation of former McConnell staffer GOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan 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'RourkeOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Fox's Ed Henry to Trump: 'Are you willing to stand up to the NRA?' Sanders, Yang to miss CNN's town hall on LGBTQ issues 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 BidenGiuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it Trump whistleblower complaint involves Ukraine: report MORE and Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Krystal Ball calls on Sanders to follow Yang's lead on war on drugs Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Buttigieg calls Warren 'evasive' on Medicare for all Sanders hits 1 million donors 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.