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Cruz’s Support for Kavanaugh Might Cause Him Some Problems Looking Forward to Re-Election

Nancy Sims, a political analyst and lecturer at the University of Houston, told Houston Matters the Senator’s support could be an issue with women voters

A political expert thinks Senator Ted Cruz’s support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh might cause some problems in his bid for re-election in the midterm elections.

Nancy Sims, a political analyst and lecturer at the University of Houston, told Houston Matters Friday that Cruz’s support for Kavanaugh could be an issue with women voters, although she added such support “is perfectly in line with his consistent voting patterns in politics.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, arrives for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, with Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Senator Ted Cruz.

Sims also thinks Cruz’s challenger, Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, will probably say he wouldn’t have supported Kavanaugh and he understands and respects what women that are victims of sexual assault experience. “He will do his best to take advantage of this situation, as any good consultant would recommend.”

Sims noted as well that Cruz might not be able to campaign much in Texas due to the work schedule set by the Senate leadership. “Either he’s going to have to stay in Washington and not campaign as much,” said the expert “or he’s going to have to miss major votes. So, either of those is not a good possibility for him.”

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