Austin, TX — A new Texas Tribune poll released yesterday shows once again that Senator John Cornyn is the most disliked and unknown statewide elected official in Texas, despite serving the longest at nearly 20 years as a Senator. Only 37% of voters say that Cornyn is doing a good job, compared to 47% for Ted Cruz.
This low Cornyn approval rating is abysmal and dangerous for anybody running for re-election in 2020, much less somebody who has been a statewide official for over 30 years.
Just take a look at the split:
Cruz: 47% approve / 39% disapprove
Cornyn: 37% approve / 34% disapprove
More From the Texas Tribune:
“U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is doing a good job, according to 37% of voters, compared with 34% who disapprove. Another 29% had no opinion, a relatively large number for a three-term senator who’s up for reelection in 2020.”
“The state’s junior senator, Ted Cruz, won a close race in 2018. He gets positive reviews from 47% of voters, negative marks from 39% and neutral notices from 12%. Cruz defeated Beto O’Rourke in a close 2018 race for Senate. In 2020, Cornyn will be on the ballot.”
‘“You have these meteors who don’t go the traditional route, who are known by everybody and hated by many” Shaw said, referring to Cruz’s and O’Rourke’s style of politics. “But I’d still rather be in that position than in the traditional route, where fewer people know you and half of them don’t like you. It’s clear that Cornyn has more opposition than support. None of the flash but all of the negatives.”’
For those who forget, Ted Cruz barely escaped defeat by just 2.56%.
Bottom Line: The Texas Senate Race is a Tier-One Battleground in 2020.