Guns become issue in key U.S. Senate race in Texas
By Chris Eger
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz this week picked up the endorsement of the National Rifle Association in his fierce race against his Democratic opponent, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
Cruz, a Republican who has served as the junior senator from Texas since 2013, is fighting to stay in Washington and help ensure a thin GOP majority in the chamber. O’Rourke, a 45-year-old congressman who represents the El Paso area in Congress, has matched Cruz dollar-for-dollar in a campaign that has seen nearly $47 million thrown in the ring. A win by the O’Rourke, depending on the outcome of other races to be decided in November, could flip the Senate to the Dems.
In Cruz’s court is the NRA, a group he has long embraced, often speaking at the organization’s annual meetings. In their endorsement this week, the group’s lobbying arm pointed out that Cruz has voted against universal background checks while voting to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch, seen by the NRA as a pro-Second Amendment justice, to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Sen. Cruz is a champion of our Second Amendment freedoms and has always fought to protect the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans,” said Chris Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist.
[email protected] endorsed @TedCruz for re-electionSource: Guns.com