Denial has given way to a frightening realization for Sen. Ted Cruz — he's in trouble in Texas.
Even as Ted Cruz tried to dismiss the closeness of his Senate race, he couldn't help mentioning the deep trouble his re-election bid is in.
"I think that poll has been widely debunked as seriously oversampling Democrats," Cruz insisted, even though the Quinnipiac sample only included 24 percent Democrats, 16 points below recent midterm party identification statistics.
But Cruz went on to say, "I think it's clear that we're going to see Democrats turn out in November in historic numbers, in Texas and across the country."
Cruz noted that Beto O'Rourke "is raising a mountain of money."
"He raised $7 million last quarter, which is the most of any Democrat in the country," Cruz said. "That illustrates just how dangerous this cycle is."
Cruz also whined about the good press that O'Rourke has been earning by campaigning all over the state while Cruz sticks to private plane stops.
But Texans are noticing, and it put Cruz's approval underwater in that same poll. It also can't help that Cruz made national news recently with a glowing "Time 100" essay on Trump after Trump's vicious attacks on Cruz's wife and father.
When this poll first came out, Cruz was in serious denial, but reality appears to be intruding on that blissful state. Republicans have long recognized that their majority in the House of Representatives is in jeopardy, but have lately begun to fear losing the Senate, as well.
Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) acknowledged as much, saying, “We know the wind is going to be in our face. We don’t know whether it’s going to be a Category 3, 4 or 5."
And that was before a poll was released showing Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) leading all three GOP candidates for Senate in Arizona by wide margins.
Ted Cruz would be a fitting trophy for Democrats in November, and a symbol of the many Republicans who have gone along with Trump no matter how reckless he becomes.