"If liberal hopes could drive a Senate campaign to victory, Beto O'Rourke would be winning by 40 points", Enten said.
Most recent polls show the two in a statistical dead heat.
The race between Cruz and O'Rourke has garnered national attention due to O'Rourke's unlikely popularity as a candidate. CBS News rates the race as Lean Republican. The New York Times reported earlier this month that Mick Mulvaney, a top official in the Trump administration, warned a room of top Republican donors this month that Cruz could lose his re-election bid because he's not "likeable" enough.
Cruz and O'Rourke will debate at the Southern Methodist University in front of a live audience at 7:00 p.m.
The UVA poll also revealed that Hispanic voters supported O'Rourke over Cruz by a ratio of about 2-to-1. "I think this is by design for the O'Rourke campaign, they've wanted to create that visual sense that they are making inroads in hostile territory", Wilson added.
Red, White and Blue show hosts discuss the upcoming midterm elections in Texas.
- Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) holds a two-point lead over incumbent Sen.
"My thoughts are with the family of Fort Worth police officer Garrett Hull who has died in the line of duty", O'Rourke tweeted.
Signs of a victory by O'Rourke, a USA congressman from El Paso, in deep-red Texas would likely herald a nationwide Democratic voter wave that could be catastrophic for Republicans.
The RealClearPolitics average of polls has, through Monday, Cruz leading by 4.5 percentage points.