Jun 5, 2019

Texas Democrats would rather see Beto O'Rourke run for Senate in 2020

Beto O'Rourke. Photo: Kimberly White/Getty Images for MoveOn

60% of Texas Democrats would rather see Beto O'Rourke return to his home state in 2020 to challenge Republican John Cornyn for his Senate seat rather than continue to pursue the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

Why it matters: O'Rourke catapulted to the national stage after almost unseating Sen. Ted Cruz in one of the most surprisingly competitive elections of 2018. With a 24-candidate primary field, voters could be looking at the Democrats who haven't broken out in national polling to run in the Senate, where not many high-profile names have announced campaigns.

The big picture: The new Quinnipiac survey suggests that former Vice President Joe Biden is polling ahead of Trump in a head-to-head matchup by a full 4% in Texas β€” traditionally a Republican stronghold. Four other Democrats are polling within the margin of error (+/- 3.4).

By the numbers:

  • Biden (48%) over Trump (44%)
  • Trump (46%) over Sen. Elizabeth Warren (45%)
  • Trump (48%) over Beto O'Rourke (45%)
  • Trump (47%) over Sen. Bernie Sanders (44%)
  • Trump (46%) over Mayor Pete Buttigieg (44%)
  • Trump (47%) over Sen. Kamala Harris (43%)
  • Trump (46%) over former San Antonio Mayor JuliΓ‘n Castro (43%)

Go deeper: The size of the Democratic field is causing big problems

Go deeper

Sanders addresses Russian interference in his campaign

Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images.

Sen. Bernie Sanders sent a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the debate stage Tuesday, stating, "If I'm president of the United States, trust me, you're not going to interfere in any more American elections."

The big picture: It was unveiled last week that Russia has been interfering to boost Sanders' campaigns in an apparent attempt to strengthen President Trump's bid for reelection. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping [Sanders] get elected.

Debate night: Candidates' last face-off before Super Tuesday

Sanders, Biden, Klobuchar and Steyer in South Carolina on Feb. 25. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to keep his momentum after winning New Hampshire and Nevada, while former Vice President Joe Biden hopes to keep his own campaign alive. The other five candidates are just trying to hang on.

What's happening: Seven contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are in Charleston, South Carolina, for the tenth debate, just days before the South Carolina primary and a week before Super Tuesday.

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