Democrats had big hopes for Texas, but the party’s Senate candidate lags behind longtime Republican incumbent John Cornyn six weeks before Election Day.
MJ Hegar, a U.S. Air Force veteran and teacher, has closed the double-digit gap between her and Cornyn. Yet she continues to trail the senator, first elected in 2002, by an average of 8.3 percentage points, according to RealClearPolitics.
Democrats were optimistic early in the cycle that demographic shifts and a hard-fought presidential race in Texas would help their picks up and down the ballot, particularly after then-Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s surprisingly strong Senate bid in 2018. While those factors may still influence House contests on the