Texas lieutenant governor urged for Trump to visit to bolster Cruz: report

Texas lieutenant governor urged for Trump to visit to bolster Cruz: report

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick personally requested President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE get involved in Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE’s (R-Texas) reelection to boost turnout amid an increasingly close race, Politico reported Sunday.

Patrick, who was chairman of Trump’s 2016 campaign in Texas, reportedly asked White House officials during a July trip to Washington, D.C., about sending Trump to the state to campaign on Cruz’s behalf. The lieutenant governor argued that an appearance from Trump would provide a necessary turnout boost for state Republicans, Politico reported.

The Hill has reached out to both Patrick and the White House for comment.

Patrick’s reported request was soon followed by Cruz saying he’d “welcome” a visit from Trump during campaign season. Late last month, the president followed through, announcing he planned to hold a rally at “the biggest stadium in Texas we can find.”

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The date and location of the rally has yet to be announced.

Trump and Cruz frequently exchanged barbs during the 2016 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Trump labeled the senator “Lyin’ Ted” and mocked his family, while Cruz called then-candidate Trump a “sniveling coward” and a “pathological liar.”

Cruz is running against Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (D-Texas) in November’s election. O’Rourke has generated significant enthusiasm among Democrats, raising millions of dollars in the process.

While Cruz remains the favorite in the solidly-Republican Texas, a RealClearPolitics average of polls shows O’Rourke within striking distance, trailing by roughly 4 percentage points.

The Cook Political Report, a nonpolitical election forecaster, shifted the race last month from “likely Republican” to “lean Republican.”

Even some in the White House have acknowledged there is a chance O’Rourke could pull off the upset. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump names new acting director of legislative affairs 12 things to know today about coronavirus Mulvaney: ‘We’ve overreacted a little bit’ to coronavirus MORE reportedly told supporters at a closed-door meeting that it was a “very real possibility” that Republicans could lose the election in Texas. 

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