Ted Cruz visits Brownwood and says Beto O'Rourke does not reflect 'Texas values'

Republican U.S. Senator from Texas Ted Cruz made a campaign stop in Brownwood on Thursday as recent poll numbers show that he is currently locked in a tight race to protect his seat from a Democratic challenger.

This was the first time that Cruz has visited Brownwood, where he met with supporters at Underwood's Cafeteria.

"Our biggest enemy is complacency," Cruz told the crowd.

U.S. Congressman Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat whose district covers El Paso, is challenging Cruz for his senate seat.

A Democrat has not won a statewide political office in Texas in more than 20 years, but that has not stopped O'Rourke's momentum.

However, Cruz described O'Rourke on Thursday as a far-left candidate who does not reflect "Texas values."

"He's open to abolishing [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement]. He's proud of his F rating from the NRA, and he's the only Senate Democratic nominee in the country to come out explicitly to impeach Trump," Cruz said in the parking lot of Underwood's as he took questions from members of the media.

Cruz rolled into Underwood's just a few minutes before 7 p.m. on Thursday and spoke to the crowd there for more than an hour.

Cruz took questions from the audience and after he finished speaking, he lingered to meet those who attended the standing-room only event.

A Quinnipiac poll released last week shows O'Rourke trailing Cruz by six points.

O'Rourke has raised more money than Cruz on the campaign trail, a fact that Cruz openly acknowledged.

"The far-left is energized. We're seeing Democratic turnout nationally is much higher than normal," Cruz said.

Cruz also issued a warning to the crowd on Thursday that we are living in polarized times with the Democrats being enraged with President Donald Trump.

Cruz said that his seat in the U.S. Senate is not safe and that people have to show up at the polls.

"If we show up and vote, we're going to keep Texas bright, bright red, and that's what I'm working to do," Cruz said.

Cruz also said that O'Rourke has more time to campaign around the Lone Star State because he is a congressman and members of the U.S. Congress are in recess for the month of August, while U.S. Senators are working throughout the entire month of August.

Election Day is on November 6.

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