Cruz 'absolutely' concerned about higher Dem turnout in Texas

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Eye-popping number of Dems: I can beat Trump 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate MORE (R-Texas) said on Tuesday he is "absolutely" concerned about the prospect of high Democratic turnout in Texas for the midterm elections in November. 

"The extreme left is energized and angry, and it makes it all the important for conservatives to show up in November," Cruz told CNN's Manu Raju. 

Cruz, who is up for reelection this year, said in a separate interview on Monday with talk show host Hugh Hewitt that the Texas could potentially turn blue in November if conservatives stay home on Election Day.  

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"We could end up with a Speaker Pelosi and a [Senate] Majority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerGetting serious about infrastructure Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults MORE. In Texas, if conservatives stay home, if we rest on our laurels, we could see Texas turn blue," the senator said. 

"We could see every statewide office in the state becoming a Democrat. Now that’s long been a Democrat pipe dream. I don’t believe it’s going to happen. But the best way to make sure it doesn’t happen is for conservatives to show up," he said. 

Texas will hold its congressional primaries on Tuesday.

Cruz will likely face off in the November election against Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeOvernight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — Momentum builds for federal laws enshrining abortion rights | Missouri lawmakers approve bill banning abortions at 8 weeks | Warren unveils plan to protect abortion rights Overnight Energy: Dems dismiss Interior chief's work calendars as 'fake' | Buttigieg climate plan includes carbon tax | Poll finds growing number say climate is crucial 2020 issue Buttigieg climate plan includes carbon tax MORE, a Democrat from El Paso who has emerged as a fundraising force.

O'Rourke raised $2.3 million in the first six weeks of 2018, compared to Cruz's $800,000 over the same time period.

A January poll from the left-leaning End Citizens United group showed Cruz leading O'Rourke by 8 points — a low margin in a state that has long been a stronghold for the GOP.  

Democrats have experienced a groundswell of enthusiasm across the country during President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE's first year in office and hope that will carry them to big gains at the ballot box nationwide, including in red-leaning states like Texas.  

The Dallas Morning News reported that Democratic turnout has doubled in the state's 15 most populous counties since the 2014 midterm elections.