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 (R-Texas) said he thinks 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 could “absolutely” be defeated in the 2020 election and predicted there could be “staggering” Democratic voter turnout.
He said in an interview with PBS’s “Firing Line with Margaret Hoover” that aired Friday that he believes the presidential election will be a “coin flip” and placed Trump’s reelection chances at “50-50.”
Asked if Trump could be defeated, Cruz responded, “Absolutely. I personally handicap the 2020 election as a coin flip. I think it’s about 50-50.”
“I want to see the president reelected,” he added. “And I think he certainly can get reelected. But I think we are going to see staggering Democratic turnout in 2020.”
He attributed this possibly immense turnout to “anger” on the left.
“Anger is a powerful motivator,” he said. “The far left is pissed. They are enraged by Donald Trump, and it means they’re going to show up, and the big open question is, does everybody else show up?”
Cruz, an ally of Trump, narrowly won his 2018 Senate contest against former 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), who is now among the more than two dozen Democrats running for president in 2020.
Overall voter turnout in 2018 reportedly reached the highest level for a midterm election since 1966.