End Citizens United recently conducted a poll that showed Democrat senatorial candidate Beto O’ Rourke is closing in on Republican incumbent Senator Ted Cruz for his Senate seat. This poll has Cruz with a 45 to 37 percent lead over O’ Rourke, which is closer than the 18-percentage point lead Cruz had at the beginning of this year. Another poll by the University of Texas that was conducted around the same time as the End Citizens United poll and showed Cruz with a 5-point lead. Beto O’ Rourke’s grassroots campaign with the help of End Citizens United appears to be working.
There are a couple of reasons why O’ Rourke is rising in the polls, according to Premiergazette.com in an article titled “Beto O’ Rourke Closes in on Ted Cruz Per Latest Poll by End Citizens United.” First, more poll respondents have a negative view of Ted Cruz than a favorable view. This is due to the opinion that Cruz put his own personal interests above the interests of his constituents. Second, O’ Rourke is seen as a charismatic and likable person who doesn’t rely on political consultants or pollsters to connect with the people. See more of End Citizens United on facebook.
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The article also points out two areas of weakness for O’ Rourke. First, he doesn’t have a lot of name recognition, and voters in Texas don’t know enough about his political views to form an opinion about him. Second, O’ Rourke trails Cruz in campaign donations. The latest estimates show Cruz with a $7.3 million to a $4.3 million lead over O’ Rourke. This lead is due to Cruz’s willingness to accept money from Republican PACs, whereas O’Rourke focuses on fundraising organically through his supporters.
End Citizens United is involved in reforming the campaign financing system by supporting candidates who refuse PAC and Super-PAC money. They seek to end the influence corporations, billionaires, and PACs have on the electoral process. Their ultimate goal is to end the influence of money in politics. Read more: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/end-citizens-united