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Ted Cruz’s former top strategist agrees he may lose to Beto O’Rourke

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On Saturday, the New York Times reported that a key White House adviser cautioned President Trump and other top Republicans that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may lose his Senate race to upstart Democrat Beto O’Rourke. The key issue, according to White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, is that Cruz is unlikable.

On Sunday night, one of Cruz’s top former aides agreed that Beto O’Rourke looks like he might have  pole position.

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Rick Tyler is a veteran political consultant who served as the spokesman for Cruz’s failed 2016 presidential bid.

Tyler was asked for his assessment of the race by MSNBC host Kasie Hunt on her show Kasie DC.

“As the former Cruz strategist, it does seem as though the signs are that Ted Cuz might actually lose this race?” she said.

“It’s possible—people say no, it’s not possible because you look at Texas and say ‘it’s a red state and it’s never going to happen’ but Beto O’Rourke has consistently out-fundraised him two-to-one, and he doesn’t take PAC money,” he said. “It should be a 10 to 15 point race and it’s not, it’s a zero to four point race. And Beto O’Rourke is running an interesting campaign. He’s grabbed national attention. So it’s a race.”

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