An adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE reportedly told GOP donors on Saturday that it was a possibility that Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s public standing sags after Floyd protests GOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police MORE (R-Texas) could lose his Senate race to Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (Texas), citing likability.
White House budget chief Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump names new acting director of legislative affairs 12 things to know today about coronavirus Mulvaney: ‘We’ve overreacted a little bit’ to coronavirus MORE told Republicans at a closed-door meeting that it was a “possibility” that Cruz could lose his Senate race while Republicans such as Florida Gov. Rick Scott could win, The New York Times reports.
“There’s a very real possibility we will win a race for Senate in Florida and lose a race in Texas for Senate, OK?” Mulvaney said, according to audio obtained by the Times.
“I don’t think it’s likely, but it’s a possibility. How likable is a candidate? That still counts.”
Mulvaney reportedly made the comments during an event alongside Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.
However, Mulvaney attempted to assuage fears of widespread Democratic victories in the November midterm elections, insisting that no “blue wave” was coming to elect Democrats to office.
Democrats are hoping for a net gain of at least 23 seats to take back a majority in the House, while Republicans are defending their slim 51-49 seat majority in the Senate.
“They want you to think there’s a blue wave when there’s not,” Mulvaney said Saturday, while acknowledging that House Republicans face a challenging map with a number of GOP-held seats considered toss-ups.
“I don’t know how many seats we’ve got this year, but there’s got to be, how many?” Mulvaney said. “Twenty? Thirty? Forty?”
His remarks are some of the most candid on Cruz’s race from the White House, which threw its support behind Cruz’s reelection bid last month amid polls showing a tightening race.
Cruz, a one-term Republican senator who first took office in 2013, currently leads his opponent by single digits, according to several recent polls.
Spokespeople for Mulvaney and McDaniel did not immediately respond to the Times’s request for comment.
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