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Trump to campaign for Cruz in Texas, 77K sign up for venue that fits 18K
President Donald Trump calls out as he leaves the stage after speaking at a campaign rally at International Air Response, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (Associated Press)

At least 77,000 people have signed up for President Trump’s Houston rally on Monday to support incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who is locked in the Texas Senate battle with Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke. 

O’Rourke’s response to Bash highlighted the dilemma Democrats face in dealing with an opposition that feels no constraints when it comes to honesty. He has built a campaign around bringing people together based on their common aspirations rather than their fears. But as he explains, when Cruz does nothing but lie about his positions, it confuses voters and so he had to make a decision about whether or not to spend the entire debate debunking the lies—and thereby giving his opponent the ability to control the agenda—or simply call him out for being a liar. O’Rourke decided to do the latter, knowing that it would be interpreted as going negative.

The Houston Chronicle reported that Houston police will be “fully mobilized” for the rally. Attendees must have tickets to enter and will be admitted in the order that they line up, the report said.

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"Keep in mind that once the capacity is met, you won't get in whether you have a ticket or not," an officer said.

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More than 77,800 people had signed up for the rally by Friday morning, according to The Chronicle. A person familiar with the event told the paper that the Trump campaign was not considering a move to a larger venue.

Unless the Democrats can beat the odds, the Texas race will likely end with Cruz retaining his seat in the upper chamber. But there have been a number of shocking turns in this race that could change the way we look at Senate races. O’Rourke has become something of a cult figure, his last fundraising haul brought in $38.1 million. That’s more money that Cruz has raised over this entire race.

Houston police heard unconfirmed reports that a separate nearby rally for O’Rourke could also draw thousands, according to the report.

Ted Cruz just can’t seem to do anything cool or relatively hip and most of the times that he tries to do something that would score him some “cool points,” his attempt ends in a flaming heap of weirdness. His capacity for sad hijinks-gone-wrong is so widespread that it was immortalized in the ultimate brand of political buffoonery — a Saturday Night Live skit.

"We will have many many officers out and about," Chied Art Acevedo said. "We will have officers on the high ground, low ground, in the air. We will have officers in plainclothes, we will have undercover officers, we will have react teams."

But somehow, of course, it got even worse. The staffer, Emily Miller, accidentally flipped the camera on herself and that led to an embarrassing few seconds of her recording her forehead. Moments later, Cruz complained, “Emily, you’re now broadcasting yourself.” On Twitter, Miller confirmed to IJR that it was her on the other end of the camera.

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O’Rourke had borrowed a Trump nickname for Cruz, “Lyin’ Ted,” during a Texas Senate debate on Wednesday.

President Donald Trump tried to stoke fears of socialism Friday as he bashed Rep. Beto ORourke, the Democrat pushing to upset Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in red Texas.

In his sights is a Republican scalp of huge symbolic value: Ted Cruz, the powerhouse senator and Democratic bogeyman, lent a comedic veneer by Donald Trumps strategic belittling of him as Lyin…

Ahead of his Monday visit to Houston, Trump called the 46-year-old representative a “total lightweight compared to Ted Cruz” who “comes nowhere near representing the values and desires” of Texans. He suggested ORourke wants to “turn Texas into Venezuela” — deploying rhetoric he has used in an attempt to portray Democrats as dangerous leftists as the GOP tries to defend its congressional majorities on Nov. 6.

By the time the candidate steps on to the stage at the 9,000-seat arena, the crowd has been fired up by a heady mix of alcohol, barn-stomping music and high stakes, fuelled with belief.

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The tweet comes as ORourke has forced Republicans to work harder than they typically do in statewide Texas races. The Democrat, who has harnessed his partys energy and smashed Senate fundraising records with a $38 million haul in the third quarter, would shake up the battle for control of the Senate if he shocked Cruz next month.

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ORourke has gone no further left than a typical American Democrat. He has advocated for policies such as Medicaid expansion, tighter background checks for gun sales and a path to citizenship for young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. But the GOP has repeatedly cast him as too liberal for the state, which Trump carried by about 9 percentage points in 2016. Democrats have not won a statewide race there in more than 20 years.

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ORourke has put Cruz on his heels and gained a national stature Senate candidates rarely achieve. While the Democrat pulled close to the senator in independent surveys toward the end of the summer, every poll tracked by RealClearPolitics this month has found Cruz leading by at least 5 percentage points.

After Republicans sounded alarm bells about Cruzs grasp on his seat, the party stepped up its efforts to hold Texas. Trumps campaign rally set for Monday aims to cement support and engagement among the states Republicans.

As Democrats and independents who caucus with them defend 26 Senate seats this year, the party faces a brutal path to picking up the two net seats it needs to take a Senate majority. An ORourke win would go a long way toward mitigating GOP gains, or helping Democrats cut into the Republican majority.

Author: Chris Pandolfo Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

In a sign of the momentum ORourke has gathered in Texas, the Houston Chronicle endorsed him earlier Friday. The newspaper is the second largest in the state.

O’Rourke is a leftist. That should have been clear when he called for banning AR-15 rifles. Or maybe when as a congressman he voted against a ban on federal funding for abortion. Or perhaps when O’Rourke opposed a border wall and attacked President Donald Trump as a “racist” for wanting to secure the border.

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