Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has come out swinging at challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas in one of his first Senate re-election campaign ads of the season.
“Beto O’Rourke said we should consider legalizing all narcotics, including heroin. That would be destructive to our communities and families,” a narrator warns in one TV spot, posted by The Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek. “Texas needs a Senator who will lead the fight against drug abuse and help those in need get back to work.”
In another ad, Cruz’s work in getting relief for Texas after Hurricane Harvey is touted. A narrator says the lawmaker brought in “millions in disaster relief” and concludes, “When the hurricane hit, you stood up for Texas, and Ted Cruz stood up for you.”
The commercials made their debut on local TV in the Lone Star State as Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday showed Cruz’s lead over O’Rourke shrinking.
According to the poll of 1,118 Texas voters, conducted from July 26-31, Cruz leads O’Rourke 49 to 43 percent. This compares to a May 30 Quinnipiac survey showing Cruz topping O’Rourke 50 to 39 percent.
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