According a new poll released by the political polling organization Public Policy Polling it is possible that United States Senator Ted Cruz who currently represents the Southern state of Texas could be in for some trouble this fall from a prospective Democratic challenger. According to the poll measuring Ted Cruz’s chances of winning an election this fall against Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, the sitting Texas senator is only 8 percentage points ahead of O’Rourke.
According to the local publication Texas Monthly the poll that detailed estimated results of a potential showdown between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke was sponsored by a political action committee that is known as End Citizens United. Beto O’Rourke is a politician and an elected official who serves as a United States Representative in the United States House of Representatives for the state of Texas. According to the publication Texas Monthly the survey questions from the poll that indicated that the gap between Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Congressman O’Rourke has evidently committed to not taking any money from Super PACs organizations that have arguably helped to distort the political landscape where elections are concerned. The decision to not take money from political action committees could end being a boon for Beto O’Rourke as voters are seem to be turned off by candidates who are controlled by special interests according to crunchbase.com. Senator Ted Cruz also seems to be facing a potential problem with regard to his approval ratings. According to Texas Monthly Ted Cruz’s disapproval rating is higher than his approval rating. The Texas Senator’s disapproval rating is more than 10 points higher than his approval rating which is only 38 percent.
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The political action committee End Citizens United is named after the famous Supreme Court case that ended up transforming American politics as we know it. The Supreme Court case Citizens United completely transformed the political landscape by weakening the laws that governed political spending and determined what kinds of organizations could give and receive political funding. Prior the Supreme Court’s ruling on the case that is known as Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission there the laws that regulated campaign spending prohibited corporations and labor unions from contributing to political campaigns. These same campaign finance policies also limited the amount of money that a single individual could give to a organization that was receiving money that was intended to spent on the activities of a candidate who was running for a political office. All of this changed once the Supreme Court’s decision to treat corporations as though they were citizens who had the right to free speech. The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission case also ended up establishing the precedent that political donations could be treated as though they were equivalent to political speech.