Trump adviser says Cruz could lose Senate race

An adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE reportedly told GOP donors on Saturday that it was a possibility that Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzRepublicans show little enthusiasm for impeachment witness swap Texas House special election to gauge suburban mood Texas Democrats roll out plan to win state House in November MORE (R-Texas) could lose his Senate race to Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeVeronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address Biden calls for revoking key online legal protection Trump mocks Booker over suspended presidential campaign MORE (Texas), citing likability.

White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyRepublicans show little enthusiasm for impeachment witness swap Bolton upends Trump impeachment trial  Bolton sparks internal GOP fight over witnesses MORE told Republicans at a closed-door meeting that it was a "possibility" that Cruz could lose his Senate race while Republicans such as Florida Gov. Rick Scott could win, The New York Times reports.

“There’s a very real possibility we will win a race for Senate in Florida and lose a race in Texas for Senate, OK?” Mulvaney said, according to audio obtained by the Times.

“I don’t think it’s likely, but it’s a possibility. How likable is a candidate? That still counts.”


Mulvaney reportedly made the comments during an event alongside Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.

However, Mulvaney attempted to assuage fears of widespread Democratic victories in the November midterm elections, insisting that no "blue wave" was coming to elect Democrats to office.

Democrats are hoping for a net gain of at least 23 seats to take back a majority in the House, while Republicans are defending their slim 51-49 seat majority in the Senate.

“They want you to think there’s a blue wave when there’s not,” Mulvaney said Saturday, while acknowledging that House Republicans face a challenging map with a number of GOP-held seats considered toss-ups.

“I don’t know how many seats we’ve got this year, but there’s got to be, how many?” Mulvaney said. “Twenty? Thirty? Forty?”

His remarks are some of the most candid on Cruz's race from the White House, which threw its support behind Cruz's reelection bid last month amid polls showing a tightening race.

Cruz, a one-term Republican senator who first took office in 2013, currently leads his opponent by single digits, according to several recent polls.

Spokespeople for Mulvaney and McDaniel did not immediately respond to the Times's request for comment.