The Democrat Beto O’Rourke was recently endorsed for a Texas Senate seat by the influential PAC, End Citizens United which has become one of the leading organizations on the left of U.S. politics. Like a number of other Democrats who have been backed by End Citizens United, O’Rourke signed a pledge not to accept funding from special interest groups and Super PACs for his campaign as the 2018 Midterm elections draw closer; in turn, End Citizens United has pledged to provide as much support as possible for the candidate and assist in getting his message of election funding reform across to as many people as possible.
The uphill battle facing Beto O’Rourke, who has already made his way to Washington D.C. as the member of the House of Representatives for El Paso includes the fact the incumbent Senator is ultra-conservative Republican Ted Cruz. To many on the left, Cruz is seen as one of the best-known Republicans in the U.S. but his approval ratings have been plummeting since his failed 2016 Presidential bid leading to a recent poll from End Citizens United revealing a 49 percent disapproval rating. Over the course of the last months of 2017 and the first weeks of 2018, the gap between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke in the polls has plunged by 10 points to just an eight-point difference between the pair.
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End Citizens United have been seeking to explore and discover the many different reasons why the gap between Cruz and O’Rourke remains at eight points and recently revealed the majority of those polled had yet to hear the political platform of the Democrat. 61 percent of those polled revealed they had little knowledge of Beto O’Rourke or his political viewpoint. A major change in polling figures took place when the End Citizens United survey revealed Cruz had accepted $1.3 million in funding from various special interest groups while O’Rourke was refusing all financial assistance from similar groups; once this had been explained to potential voters, the Democrat jumped into a two-point lead.
In many ways, End Citizens United has shown the disillusionment many Texans feel about the work of Ted Cruz which has largely been focused on special interest groups and billionaire donors. The pledge of Beto O’Rourke not to accept funding from special interest groups reflects the position Cruz took upon his 2010 election to the Senate funded by a grassroots network of “Tea Party” members. Since his move to Washington D.C., Cruz has become one of the main recipients of funding from special interest groups alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan.
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