Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued a dire warning to the Republican Party regarding November’s election. The lawmaker insisted that the GOP could face a “bloodbath” on election day if voters do not feel optimistic about the economy and the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” the senator noted that this presidential election is “volatile” and that President Donald Trump might get re-elected by a “big margin” if voters believe that the U.S. is recovering from the economic shutdown brought on by the coronavirus. But he also warned that the GOP could also experience significant losses.
“I am worried. It’s volatile, it’s highly volatile…if people are going back to work, if they’re optimistic, if they’re positive about the future, we could see a fantastic election — the president getting reelected with a big margin, Republicans winning both Houses of Congress and I think that’s a real possibility,” Cruz said.
“But I also think if on Election Day, people are angry and they’ve given up hope, and they’re depressed, which is what Pelosi and Schumer want them to be, I think it could be a terrible election. I think we could lose the White House and both houses of Congress, that it could be a bloodbath of Watergate proportions.”
According to recent polls, Biden has pushed his lead to 9 points over Trump according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls. This is the widest gaps in months. He has pulled further ahead of the president in key battleground states including Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Republicans are not only concerned about losing the presidency. They are also worried that the Democrats could also win a majority in the Senate. Democratic senate candidates are raising large amounts of money and are polling strongly in states that Trump won handily in 2016.
Of course, most of the polls that have been released should be taken with an entire vat of salt. As my colleague and RedState’s polling expert, Scott Hounsell recently wrote: “National polls after October 1st are liquid hot garbage.” In 2016, the polls were highly in favor of Clinton, and we all know how that turned out.
Even still, the GOP must continue to push. This election will be a close one, and if they ease up off the pedal even slightly, Cruz’s warning could easily turn into reality.
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